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Tips for creating a lovely entrance for your home

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You can never get a second chance to make a first impression. Which is a pity that more often than not, the entrance is overlooked as a key design area. When in fact, that space is one of the most important rooms—in style perspective–in your home because it influences how your home is perceived by passers-by, as well as approaching guests. If you want to spice up your home by making the exterior a better representation of your interior, then read on, you are in the right place. Starting off on the right foot sets the perfect vibe and pace. Why would you own a house and not show it off? The entryway is your chance to make one hell of a home design  statement and make your house stand out.

When we are talking about the entrance, there are some self-evident objectives that should be met—things like security, protection from weather, warm and inviting reception point. Yeah, it seems all complicated and daunting but if you get it right, it will be so worth it. You will wow anyone who looks at your house, which is every proud homeowner’s dream. Your entrance should be intriguing and set the tone of one’s feelings for what to come next as you walk to the house. Here are some tips that will get your guests’ faces light up in glee because of the charm and charisma your entrance sends.

Gorgeous lights

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Illumination largely influences the atmosphere of your home. You can make your entryway more open and inviting by using lights. Therefore, according to your taste, you can pick a light fixture that makes a bold statement or something more subtle and subdued. For instance, if you only have one ceiling light at the center of your entryway, consider adding surface-mount lanterns. If you are upgrading your entryway, consider adding a transom window to your front door. A transom window is found directly over the top of the door making the exterior look taller and grander. Plus it’s a beautiful way of letting in natural light. If you want something calmer and relaxing for your guests, you can use dimmers for your lights.

Color scheme

Paint is the best way to tie your entrance area into your home. It perfectly evokes emotions and adds personality. Depending on you, you can define your entryway by painting it a color that coordinates with the rest of your space, but make it stand out a bit. Add some visual interest by going for Scandinavian flair. In fact, the design is gaining favor because it is clean, crisp and effortlessly comfortable for anyone. Painting the door will also do the trick but if you are not keen on a colored door, consider an accent wall for your entryway. Perhaps have one of the walls made of wood, and the rest painted white, it will bring so much warm and dimension.

Get an exquisite console table

Whether your space is large or tiny, you can get a beautifully detailed simple or contemporary table for your entrance that will create a warm and welcoming space. The best part about it is that the console table is not only beautiful but also functional. That is where you can place a vase of flowers or house keys. Where these tables are concerned though, less is more. Don’t overpower your space with busy and loud, instead, let it be peaceful and simple. If your walls are neutral, consider adding some life to it by painting an interesting color to your console table.

Add some natural aspect

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Natural will always command attention in the best way. Maybe it’s because we are all human and depend on what the environment offers to survive. I don’t know, it just has its charm. You can go the old school way and get a plant. They clear your air as well as they give life and warmth to your space. Or you can go for rocks and gems then find a beautiful vase or tray and add a tone of character to your hallway. You can also think outside the box, and get a painting or photo of inspiring natural locations. Bare bricks for your wall is a good idea for your hallway.

Flooring

By now you know how much impact your entryway can do, so how about you go bold or go home? A bold pattern for your entryway floor will make your house beautiful and space ready to take on what your family throws at it. If you go for a dramatic floor, it is best for the walls to remain neutral. It is even better for a small space because of the visual impact the floor causes. Be sure to choose something that reflects on your family, whether a beautiful carpet or porcelain dazzling floor.

Use different texture

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Using texture is one of the most effective ways you can create a cozy and inviting space. You don’t even have to break the bank, just bring the old and new, polished and rustic, and masculine and feminine, together to create a collected look. Using texture adds dimension and allows elements to play off of one another. Of course, your entryway is the last place you want chaos, therefore, make it simple. For instance, you can go for textured wallpaper but if you don’t want an expensive commitment, consider wall décor. Whether you go for art, photos or a wall décor, it is a great way to introduce texture to your hallway. Ensure to keep things slim and simple though.The texture is also added by using the various shade of the colors of your choice.

Personal touch

People like it when they walk into your home and feel insightful about your personality. They feel connected, which goes along to make them feel warm and welcomed. Adding elements such as a gallery to your console wall is a great idea. You can put up photos of your family, your achievements, and memorabilia from travels. It will immensely relax your guest by the story it tells, and it can act as a beginner subject on starting a conversation because chances are, they are going to have plenty to ask. If it’s your crush, it is wrapped.

Your entrance shouldn’t look boring, but it should grip and make the guest coming for the first time  feel curious to know the rest of the house. If you are selling then, you will definitely fetch a good price with a lovely entrance area.

Ways To Decorate Your Home With Flowers

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Just like colors, flowers have such a perfect way of adding glamour and beauty to any home. You can choose to have flowers outside or inside your house, either way, you can rest assured the appearance of your house won’t be the same. Either natural or artificial flower will just do the trick. With the right inspiration and advice, you can arrange different flowers and turn your house into a breath-taking scene. Over the years, flowers have been known to bring a sense of completeness and freshness in any setting, indoor or outdoor. Well, some people do crave having flowers in their homes but they just don’t know how to go about it. There are some easy and fascinating ways of decorating a house with flowers and make your house look glamorous. Here are some of those ways.

Put that pot to use.

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Clay pots will definitely come in handy when decorating your home with flowers or even plants. Clay pots are easily portable making them a very good option for holding flowers thus you can easily move your flowers from one corner of the house to the other. Another advantage clay pots have is that they can easily be customized into a color and a design that matches your flowers. Imagine the beautiful view of having white roses in a white clay pot with artistic designs. Such a combination will bring freshness and elegance to your room.

 

A vase with colored water.

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Normally, people tend to have vases with clear water something that now seems like a cliché. To add an extra touch of beauty to your home, you can use colored water in your flower vases. This can be achieved by adding food dye chemicals into the water. These chemicals aren’t hazardous to your flowers in any way so you don’t have to worry about the health of your flowers. As a matter of fact, flowers such as white rose change their color to match that of the colored water. This is such a nice experiment that you should give a try.

 

Glass jars with marbles.

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Glass jars are one of the best, if not the best, alternatives for holding flowers. Just like clay pots, they are easily portable hence flower arrangement in your house becomes an easy task. Glass jars are crystal clear making it possible to add marbles, pebbles or even shells. These decorations combined with flowers form such an artistic view that brightens up the appearance in your house. However, it’s worth noting that, glass jars are very fragile thus they should be handled with utter care.

Time to fill up the empty spaces.

It could be a certain corner or even the floor, but for certain there will be a part of your house that needs to be filled. One of the best ways of making use of these empty spaces is the use of flowers. If you have an empty corner, you can erect simple shelves that can hold several jars filled with flowers. You can turn this corner into a lovely and inviting sanctuary. You can incorporate different kinds of flowers that blend well with each other. This for sure is a gorgeous way of decorating your house.

Using bottles as vases.

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There are various easy and cheap ways of decorating a house using flowers. Flower vases may be hard to get because of prices or maybe they aren’t readily available at a local store. Well, that shouldn’t hinder you from turning the look of your hand around. Water or wine bottles can easily be used to hold flowers. Bottles come in different size, color and shape making them very ideal. These bottles can then be placed on a shelf in a linear form where they can easily draw the attention of anyone entering your house. These bottles, however, should be handled with utmost care to avoid breakage.

Floating flowers.

 

Floating flowers are very elegant and ooze a lot of beauty in any home or office. Fill a shallow and clear container with water and then put floating flowers. This technique is very charming, just to say the least. You can use red or white petals and you can rest assured that the results will be more than elegant. You can put the container with flowers on the floor or on a table. If you have flowers that are either broken or wilting, you can cut their buds and place them in a shallow container or bowl. This will help maintain their fragrance and freshness for a longer time.

 

A door with flowers.

You can get more creative and make your house door more interesting and appealing by putting up flowers on the door. You can choose to hang a single flower or a wreath. This makes your door look very attractive and it signifies that the owner of that house actually loves flowers. Additionally, it makes your door look detailed. The flowers don’t necessarily have to match with the color of the door.

Bedside drawers.

Bedside drawers normally don’t hold a lot of things other than lampshades hence there is enough space to put a jar of flowers. You can opt for floating flowers or red roses in a small jar. Flowers in a bedroom add freshness and make your bedroom look attractive. Flowers are very colorful hence when placed in any room they make your room look bright.

Create a flower chain.

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A string of flowers can be attached together and hang across the hallway. Floral chains change the appearance of any house and they bring out magical and lovely look in your house.

 

Flowers are very beautiful and there are so many ways of incorporating various flowers in your home and make your home look marvelous. Flowers don’t require too much maintenance but you should prune them from time to time in order to eliminate broken and wilted parts. Flowers, however, attract insects so as a precaution you shouldn’t leave your windows and doors open for such lengthy periods.

 

 

8 Tips For Cleaning Your Pillow

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While an expensive bed is a great investment and a good step to ensuring you have a great night sleep, without a pillow it’s incomplete. It actually surprises me how an impressive amount of people overlook the benefits of a good pillow. You never know, the lack of a good pillow (among other reasons of course), might be the cause of your insomnia– sounds farfetched but it’s true. But if you are reading this, albeit you’ve already shopped for one and now the washing is the issue.

This being a free-judgment zone, I’ll admit that washing pillows was not a thing I was keen on as long as the dirt is not showing. Who washes pillows? Come on, for me it was an annual event, which I could just get new ones. As long as I dutifully launder my pillowcases, I’m more than set for life. That is what I previously thought until I knew the consequences of a filthy one. The grossness of dead skin and dust mites aside, there are legitimate health ramifications as well.

Studies show that troubled sleepers (can be caused by your dirty pillow) are 6 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and the dreaded flu too. Did you know that your pillow doubles in weight after a period of time because of dirt accumulation? Oh boy….. But at least you have the question answered. Unless you are filthy rich, it is not exactly a financially sound decision to buy new pillows after every week. Here are tips that have been used and tested to clean your pillows.

Laundering instructions

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Frankly, one in ten people starts by checking the label for any laundering instructions as long as they have an idea of what the fabric might be. While most of us have gotten away with this, it is essential that you read it and follow the instructions. Cloth manufacturers are required by the law to have fabric care label attached to each cloth. Care labels have the information that will help you take care of your pillow in the best way possible. Most down pillows can be tossed in the washing machine while some only have to be dry-cleaned.

Using the washer

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Good news! You can actually use the washer for your pillows. It is recommended you wash two at a time to keep the washer balanced. You can also use either the top- or front- loading machine as long as it doesn’t have an agitator (the large swaddle found in the middle of the machine, designed to rotates water and clothes). To avoid damage, if you only have a top launder with an agitator, then place the pillow vertical. Additionally, if you don’t have specific instructions, you can use warm water and gentle cycle.

The pillow filers are determiners of whether machine wash is suitable or not. Feather is machine friendly filler as long as there are no tears in the pillow cover. It is critical to use a small amount of detergent, and mild liquid is preferred to powder for easier rinsing. With foam fillers, it is unfortunate that a machine can’t be used. To remove dust from foam pillows, vacuum with a dialed down the suction level if possible for both sides with the upholstery tool. Another option is to tumble the pillow in the dryer set at an air-only cycle for around 15 minutes.

In drying

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Dry according to the care label on the pillow. If you get the pillows for drying, place them with a few tennis balls which will help in the fluffing process while also preventing the down from clumping and drying unevenly. You can also consider taking them out periodically and fluff by hand, using your fingers to break up any clumps. As much as using the tennis ball will reduce their dying period, pillows will definitely take longer to dry than another load of clothes. Therefore, if you smell a musty smell, set them in the sun for a while. In feather pillows, drying is the most time-consuming part because the feathers must be completely dry or they’ll clump together, mildew or fall apart. Therefore ensure to be patient enough and use low heat on them to prevent damage. Just a tip: fluff down your pillows in the dryer between washings for 10 minutes. A short time in the dryer prevents moisture from building up in the down so they remain fresher and require less frequent washing.

Spot clean

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Whether you have seen the ‘spot clean only’ label on the care label of the pillow, or you are not up for washing the entire pillow, spot cleaning works. A ‘spot cleaning’ label means you can only clean where there is visible stain by hand without subjecting it a washing machine, wet cleaning, dry cleaning or/and any restoration process. It important to take extra care if you have a spot cleaning pillow like foam pillows. Ensure that it is not heavily soiled by having pillowcases plus ensuring your hair is clean.

Use vodka

Vodka is not just for cocktails anymore, it is a versatile product with potent cleaning powers. The grain-based liquor can perform many of the same tasks as vinegar but without any odor.  It is actually a quick-drying sanitizer. Add vodka to a spray bottle and spritz on your pillow and let them dry. You won’t be washing the pillow every week when doing the sheets, therefore, use vodka to freshen them up.  Add a ½ mixture of vodka and water to a spray bottle and spritz on your pillow and let them dry. You can also add up 30 to 40 drops of lavender essential oils for nice fragrance.

Wash pillowcase

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While we are happy to fork out hundreds on swanky bed linen, all too often the humble pillow draws a short straw. Regardless of the pillow you use, you should get a pillow protector or case and wash it weekly. They help keep your pillow clean for longer and prevent heavy soiling.

The type of pillow you use totally depends on you. While good quality pillows help in having a good night sleep, you should always keep them clean to prevent allergies and other distresses caused by a dirty pillow.

 

10 cleaning problems you can solve with baking soda

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Baking soda, aka sodium bicarbonate, is popularly known and used for its cooking purposes. Apart from that though, it would blow your mind to know how much work a simple bag of baking soda can do. It is such a versatile product that comes through in all sorts of cleaning emergencies around your home. Its prowess ranges from cleaning, to personal hygiene, to cooking, and even medicine. Definitely, there are infinite products on the market that will get the job done, yet baking soda is the healthier option and just as effective, if not better.  We might also, as well show kindness to aquatic life because at the rate at which we are draining our cleaning products down the drain and into water bodies, they are soon going to be extinct. Besides, you will also be protecting yourself from an array of chemicals from harsh cleaning products.

Whether you are cutting on cost, being adventurous or preserving the environment, you are in the right place. We are going to share ways in which you can use baking soda to solve your cleaning problems, in which in no time, you will be replacing those bottles with soda ash. You totally have nothing to lose; in fact, you never know when the information may be helpful. Here are some great ways you can use sodium bicarbonate.

Rid stains off your wall

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Washing off stains from walls and floors do not even come close to top 10 chores you enjoy doing (if there are any), but very critical for the general view of your home. Therefore, with just an addition of water, nearly every dirty spot can benefit from a baking soda treatment. With kids around, it is almost inevitable to have stainless walls. And when they showcase their artwork on your wall, you are torn between being proud or crying yourself to sleep because guess who’s going to do the cleaning? But with a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and water, you can get rid of crayon or scuff marks.

Cleaning the grout

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What is more annoying than having a clean floor but with grouts that have lost their color due to stain? They just ruin the whole look. Although many homeowners notice, most of them don’t know what they might do to get them looking great again. You don’t have to break the bank in renovations, just take your baking soda and sprinkle it on the grout line. Then sprinkle some water and let it sit for a while. Come back and you will need minimal scrubbing to get the cleanest grout on the block.

Unclogging the sink

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We’ve all been there at some point; clogged sink can be such a pain and be impressively inconvenient. We won’t even talk about how smelly it gets. Therefore, it is only reasonable when you want it fixed immediately (or maybe it’s only me. I can’t seem to have the patience to wait for the plumber). The secret is in mixing baking soda with vinegar and oh boy, it will cut through smoothly. You also know what they say; prevention is better than cure, therefore, instead of dealing with a clog, you can clean the sink’s drain frequently. This will also rid of lingering odor. Simply add a cup of baking soda and let it sit for an hour. Next, pour in two cups of boil vinegar; you will have a clean drain with very minimum effort.

Put out grease fire

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The first rule about putting out a grease fire is to never use water, can’t help thinking where that leaves us. Regardless, I looked for ways I can deal with the emergency if it occurs. You wouldn’t want to try guessing the guy I found for the job? When baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. Sure, you will need quite an amount but baking soda is great. It is most efficient in minor grease or electrical kitchen.  Make sure to turn off the source if you can then, throw a handful of baking soda at the base of the fire.

Laundry

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It doesn’t mean you give up on the laundry detergent that is working for you. You can use it to give a boost to your laundry detergent to make it work harder. A better pH balance in washing gets clothes cleaner. You can as well use it separately because it brightens and deodorizes clothing. If you are a workout or sports person, you know how gross your gear and equipment can get. A mixture of baking soda and warm water will help you big time.

Removing mildew from the bathroom

Using a clean damp sponge, apply some baking soda and scrub your tub and tiles. They will be gleaming in no time.

Eliminate garbage bin odor

Sometimes there’s very little we can do about the trash in our home, but by putting some baking soda in the bottom of the bin to reduce the trash stink by half.

Cleaning greasy grill and oven

When summer is around the corner, we can already smell barbeque. While dad can offer to grill the chicken, you will be the one doing the cleaning. So you need all the help you can get, therefore, combat that grime by sprinkling some baking soda on your grill-cleaning brush and then scrub. The same applies to your oven, which might be less gross.

Cleaning the microwave

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No one would like an irritating odor wafting from their microwave. Whereas, you wouldn’t also want to be overwhelming when washing and leaving it smelling like some bleach you used. Simply takes a mixture of water and vinegar, place it in a bowl. Take the bowl, place it in the microwave wave and set on for 30 seconds. After that, put dab some clean dump sponge in baking soda and wipe through your appliance. After rinsing well with water, it will pristine clean.

Removing tea and coffee stains

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Having a cup of tea or coffee in the morning is a day well began. But things become embarrassing when you have guests and offer them coffee on stained mugs. It might not be a great sin, but you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Instead of buying a new set, wash them with ¼ cup of baking soda and a quart of warm water. If the stain is stubborn, try soaking overnight with baking soda and a detergent.

Albeit you can now buy more boxes of baking soda and put it into more use.

Common Dishwashing Mistakes That You Are Making.

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Dishwashers were invented to make our work easier and not going through all that hustle of having to clean everything within a limited time. However, there are very many mistakes that we do as we are using it which probably do not come with the manual. Most homeowners are very ignorant of dishwashing practices that most of the time they make cringe-worthy mistakes that end up causing long-term effects health wise, or on the dishwashing functionality.  Here are a few pointers on the mistakes that we probably do unknowingly.

  1. Everything In The Dishwasher

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Packing up everything in the dishwasher just to make use of every inch of space doesn’t work. Some of the dishes might not get cleaned as the dishwashing soap might not reach them. Put a reasonable number of dishes to ensure that all your utensils are perfectly cleaned. It is also not a good idea to put lesser items in a dishwasher as this may cause breakage when the dishes are moving around in there.

  1. Do not thoroughly clean your greasy dishes.

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Avoid cleaning the grease off from your bowls completely. This also includes scrubbing them. Leave some of the work for the dishwasher. After all, what is the dishwasher for? However, if you feel hand-washing them is better especially if they have stubborn grease stains, then by all means do it.

  1. Clean your dishwasher.

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Make sure you clean your dishwasher from time to time to avoid coating the dishwasher with dirt from your dishes. You wouldn’t expect a dirty dishwasher to clean your utensils. The best method of cleaning it is to use vinegar and baking soda. You can also go to the stores for advice on what else to use. This will also prevent bad odor in there.

  1. Keep iron pans away from the dishwasher.

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The best way to handle iron pans is by hand washing them. It is not a good idea to wash them in a dishwasher as this may shorten their lifespan by making them seem faded. This also applies to non-stick pans with carbon coating which can be easily scraped off after a while. Do not also use very harsh liquid soap when cleaning them. If they are too greasy, you can use lemon and a little bit of soap with warm water for better results.

  1. Pre-wash.

Make it a habit to pre-wash the plates or spoons that have that stubborn food stain before placing them in the dishwasher. This will ensure thorough cleaning is done in the dishwasher. As earlier stated, do not entirely clean your plates. Just pass them through water and a soft cloth.

  1. Avoid putting light plastics in the washer.

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Keep plastics away from the dishwasher especially the very light ones as the heat in the dryer might melt the plastic and damage your machine. Hand wash your plastics and dry them completely before storing them. If you could completely try and avoid them, it would be a very good idea health wise. Remember when plastic melts it lets off some toxins which might not be healthy for you especially if you are using the plastic for food.

  1. Sort out your dishes.

Just as you sort out your clothes before putting them in the dry cleaner, do the same for your dishes too. Putting in your dishes without any sort of order will only result to chaos cleaning which might not turn out clean dishes. Hand-wash the bigger dishes first. Place the smaller dishes at the center and the bigger dishes at the back to avoid blocking the smaller dishes from being reached. This way the cleaning process will go a lot smoother and your dishes will be effectively cleaned.

 

  1. Avoid putting wooden dishes.

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For your wooden utensils to have a longer life, it is better that you avoid having them in the dishwasher as the heat will cause them to have cracks. Wash these by hand and air dry them. It is important that they remain water-free and dry for them to last longer.

  1. Hand-wash your cutlery.

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Knives and forks may be the cause of damage to your sensitive plates. Keep them off of your dishwasher and have them cleaned manually. The dishwashing liquid can also make your steel items appear faded. Dry the cutlery well before storing it because you definitely don’t want a case of rusted knives and forks.

  1. Use a rinse agent.

It is highly recommended that you use a rinse agent together with dishwashing liquid soap just to ensure that you leave no soapy spots on the dishes afterward. Soapy spots are definitely not a food end result and your dishes will not really be clean.

  1. Check the water temperature.

Not only do you want your dishes clean but you want them sanitized. Ensure that you have the correct water temperature. Check the settings on the water heater. Do not put very high or low temperatures. Consider the utensils material, whether its ceramic, glass, plastics or melamine because each of them reacts differently to water of different temperatures.

With the above ideas, it may seem as if using the dishwasher is rocket science but on the contrary, it is the best way to clean your dishes as it saves water and a lot of time and energy. Get to know how it works before taking it home and have it checked once in a while to make sure it is still effective. If you do not have any idea on how to clean it, you could always go to the store and get some ideas on how to go about it.

 

Tips For Hiring A Pest Control Professional.

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Getting rid of pests can seem like a really easy thing if the problem is not that serious. In some cases, the damage may be so severe forcing you to consult a professional. Other instances that might result in having to get a professional is when you have to use pesticides that can only be handled by a certified pest controller. Getting that professional is not easy like a walk in the park as you really have to be careful with who you choose and their experience among other factors to consider. Here are some guidelines to help you through the process of hiring pest control professionals.

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Before you settle on the technician, get to look at his documents such as his identification and the validity of his operating license. That is what will show you how reliable he is since an up to date license proves that he is current on his training. A professional will always have a report on the service undertaken, any prevention remedies and follow up appointments if need be, soon as he is through with his job. This should be followed by an invoice.

Go for a technician that has many recommendations on his website if he has any or rather you could ask your friends to refer you to a good technician. If you do not have any means of doing so, ask to see a portfolio from the technician you have gotten and follow up on one or two of his customers. This will assure you of his work and how professional and thorough it is. This way you will hardly experience disappointments afterward.

  1. Be keen on the safety of the chemicals used.

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Before spraying any pesticides in your home, enquire what chemicals your technician is using and get to know the following:

  • What exactly is contained in that chemical?
  • Have the chemicals been tested and approved by the state?
  • Are they effective in eradicating the pests at hand?
  • Can the chemical leave traces that might have a long-term effect on your health?

All that will help you in deciding whether or not you will go for them.

We always have everything on a budget. Even for issues like pests, you shouldn’t have to break your bank for you to enjoy the service. On the other hand, a very low pricing might also mean poor or no results. Get a professional that will take you through their pricing system, either quarterly or annually depending on how affected your home or office or whatever area you want pests eliminated is. By that, you are able to set aside the funds to cater for it without overstretching your financial ability.

  1. Do due diligence on individuals.

Opting for an individual as your pest control technician is a bit of a risk. You should, therefore, be extremely cautious about this. Take time to know their background, have their credentials and scrutinize them keenly before allowing the technician in your home. Also access him personally, his overall, his mode of detecting pests and his confidence in recommending the solution to the problem and how effective it will be. Also, have everything on paper including a contract.

  1. Seek advice from your technician.

Once we notice of a pest problem, we always want it solved immediately. As much as pests are a nuisance, we should take time and get some sound advice from our technician. It is not a must that chemicals be used at the site of pests. The pest controller could have other alternatives that do not necessarily have to involve chemicals. They should also give you any preventive measures to avoid the pests from coming back.

For long-term services, it is advisable for you to get a fully detailed contract which includes information such as the duration of the contract, how many visits it will take during that duration, cost, duration of the guarantee after the service and other terms and conditions of the service. Be sure that the contract also covers you in instances where the service might be ineffective and have it signed and stamped with both you and the company. Read it carefully so as to understand before signing.

  1. Get prepared for a temporary stay.

Some technicians may advise that you get to leave your home for a week or two as they do the job. You should be ready with plans on where to move your family for the time being with finances to cater for your stay at a motel or at a relative’s place. This will make sure that you don’t get overwhelmed on the last minute in terms of having to move your valuable items out of the way as well.

  1. Do a survey of your own.

You could think that your house is the only place that pests have invaded. Yes, it is the work of the technician to get to know the source of the problem but at times they may miscalculate. The advantage here is that you know your home and it’s surrounding better than he does. Take time to look around the area and have it down so that you can also guide your technician on where the pests might have originated from since pests like to hide during the daytime.

  1. Try home remedies first.

Before consulting a technician, you might want to try one of those home remedies for getting rid of pests. Inquire from neighbors with a past experience of the same. The pests might be too many but the remedy to get rid of them can be so simple.

As long as you get one of the above tips and use it, you are good to go. Keep your entire surrounding clean, clear any stagnant water and get rid of any mess before it turns out to be a feeding hub for pests. Be sure to also clean the dark areas of your house as you do your chores just to counter check of any signs of inhabitation. As they say, prevention is better than cure.

Reasons Why You Should Have a Water Storage Tank in Your Home

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In recent years, weather patterns have become very difficult to predict. We used to have define seasons where one could easily tell that in a certain month we are going to receive rains enough to last us to the next rainy season. This is not the case at all nowadays. We experience prolonged droughts followed by extremely heavy rain that have more ills than benefits. Over the years water especially fresh water has become a scarce commodity. Keeping this in mind it is advisable to try and have your own water source for domestic uses. This can be achieved by installing a water tank in your home.  Here are a few reasons why your best bet is having your own water storage tank.

Rainwater is free.

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Harvesting of rainwater is the best way to save on your water bills. All you need is the roof of your house which should be calibrated to the standard surface area and a few connection pipes to your tank. Then your worry of water being disconnected because of late bills is over. With the right number of tanks, you can become self-sufficient and allocate your water bills to other areas. Comparing this with relying on municipal water for a lifetime, one sees the essence of meeting the cost of the system preferring it to paying water bills every month.

Rainwater is safe for usage.

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Unlike the piped water from the local supplier which is unknown to you where it has passed, what drugs have been used in its treatment and how long it has stayed stagnant in the reservoir, your tanks water is familiar to you. In most cases, you may not need to use drugs on it as you know it is clean. You can also use it in your garden as the water is safe, unlike piped water which will make crops wither because of high concentrations of the chemicals they use. All one needs is to keep their roofing clean and clean their tank from time to time and one is sure of clean water even without going through the hustle of boiling.

There are no restrictions on usage.

Since the water is yours you cannot be subject to government rationings like the municipal piped water. During times when water levels at the reservoirs are low, the government imposes a rationing program that sees water supply becoming inconsistent. They may decide to give you water twice a week or thrice depending on the severance of the situation. Having your own water supply spares you from this headache and you can enjoy undisrupted water supply in your home.

Saves time and energy.

In most areas especially those far from urban centers piped water is not available. In such cases, family members have to walk for long distances just to acquire the precious commodity. This may take time and deplete the members of the family energy and time that could have better been used elsewhere. It will also promote harmony among members of the family as the act of fetching water is very tiring and not many are willing to do it in the family. This may create quarrels leading to disharmony.

It helps to conserve the environment.

When a lot of households have installed water harvesting tanks, it reduces rainwater runoffs that contribute to soil erosion in the area. It also saves the streams in the area by preventing them from overrunning and causing damages. Having a rainwater harvesting system is a sign of going green also.

It is readily available in case of an emergency situation.

Accidents may happen. In this case, we will consider in case of a fire. The water in the tank is available to counter such occurrences instead of hoping that there will be water in the taps only to find none at such times. Tank water proves to be a security at these times of need.

Cost effective.

Installing a tank can prove to be very simple and cheap. This is because all you need is a tank that fits within your budget. The availability of different sizes enables even the low-income homeowners to be able to put up a rainwater harvesting system. Their availability is also another factor as they are available in almost every part you go.

It adds value to your property.

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A rainwater harvesting system will increase the value of your property once installed. People looking to purchase a property will want a source of water in the property they see and most go for an alternative to that of the municipal provisions. So if you install a tank your property will sell better and faster than the one which does not have a system.

It is easy to relocate.

The good thing about a tank is that once you decide to relocate to another place, you can just carry it with you. Less can be said about the piped water system from the municipal. You just have to relocate to a place within the jurisdiction of the municipal to get piped water. Another advantage with a tank is that you can be able to measure your usage in times when there are no rains. You are able to measure the amount that is left and limit yourself to using less each day. This is impossible with the piped water as it comes and goes with no warning and if you do not have a storage you will remain with no water until the next time the municipal decides to release it.

As we have seen and proven, a water tank is essential to a household. It should be viewed as a basic item to have in each household. With the global warming nightmare upon us, it is a high time every one of us seeks to obtain a self-sufficient water supply. Doing so will not only save us money but will also double in saving our environment and go green at the same time.

 

 

Home Décor Trends That Are Now Outdated and what to replace them with.

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Everyone loves the idea of timeless space that never goes out of style. The changing of home decors can be challenging. You can wake up one day and decide you just want to see bold colors and the next thing you think about is how you will tone down decor by taking a  minimalistic approach. Don’t just get any trend out there, choose a home decor design that you love and enjoy creating. So, take that bold step and go ahead and change the outdated decors for the best ones. Keep reading below to find out what to replace with the outdated home decors.

Single Color Decor

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There is a way that you can establish a new design without sacrificing colors or any patterns that you like. The single color bare space design is too plain and uninteresting because there is something detached and lacking in personality about it. It might have rocked back in the past years but not in today’s modern home. You can replace that with modern glam. Adding colors and patterns to your home makes it look vibrant, warm and inviting.

 Dominant White Color Style

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White walls are really great but the strictly colorless palette could get boring. You don’t have to paint all your walls with white colors. Too much of white is not needed, adding textured layers is very important; it makes your home look lovely. You can have a mix of colors and style; creating this lovely homely look with a little bit of lighting, mirrors and some few key pieces of art will make your home look great. Also mixing metals, aged brass or patinated steel and some little bit of black and brown on the furniture makes it look more classic and modern.

Industrial kitchen

Having famous brands of appliances in your kitchen like the refrigerators, dishwasher, ovens, or gas cooker makes your kitchen look modern. However, there is something about the name of those brands standing out that makes your kitchen look outdated and anything but modern. You can conceal them as best as possible by adding decorations. It is possible to achieve that lovely home kitchen look compared to a store selling kitchen appliances look.

Accent walls

There is this trend of having single walls in a jazzy factor using wallpaper that seems really old-fashioned. This trend in your house sometimes gives the impression that the budget you planned for wasn’t enough.  You can best replace them with a fine texture wall, instead of using the loud colored wallpaper. Also, consider incorporating your walls with a polished plaster or even more subtle textured wallpaper like the silk or the grass cloth. This adds the interest and texture in a beautiful way.

Midcentury modern

A lot of people think that this trend is here to stay, but this trend is anything but modern.  You can change this trend and replace it with variety. A blend of contemporary, custom/bespoke and the vintage piece from various periods in order to create a unique look. Using a variety of vintage pieces makes your home look interesting and brings out this special elegance. You just have to choose decorative pieces that will be most effective in achieving the visual effect you want. 

Rose gold Decoration

This kind of metallic accent is everywhere, everyone uses it but in due time it will be up soon. The pink color in it makes it very difficult to coordinate with the rest colors of the room. Especially if your rooms are filled with bold colors. It is advisable to replace them with the metallic accent. Filling your room with metallic accent brings a contemporary and a glamorous feeling. You should go for the timeless materials like the gold and silver in your choice of decorative pieces, so as to achieve the exact look that you need.

Farmhouse Look

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Farmhouse look trend is too common. It gained popularity for many years because, in the past years, it was really appropriate. However, having this trend in your home might not be appropriate during these modern times when practically most things have changed right from furniture to how houses are made. You can replace this look by bringing the outdoors in. Consider some beautiful houseplants, lovely wicker furniture and so on.

Traditional Common Look

The traditional look where there is simply a table and chairs to make the home interior complete is better left in the past. There is no creativity and nothing that makes the eye want to linger. The best thing to do if your home has this kind of look is simply shopping for modern furniture.  Look for the modern appliances, paint your walls an inviting color and accessorize with beautiful draperies and carpets. There is a lot that you can do to transform your common traditional look into that lovely and inviting modern home interior, that makes your guests want to stay longer.

 Repetitive design

It is very easy to design your home using the same colors and pattern throughout but in the real sense, this design is very tired. Creating a unique and personal is very nice and it is very important to have uniqueness in your choice of decoration. You can replace your past design using personalized accessories and artwork. Just go ahead and display your personal design with items like art, books, and sculpture to give your home a bit of personality.

 

You don’t have to be stuck in the past with your home interior. Move with the times unless you are transforming your home into a museum. Maybe it is time to let go of the 13-century furniture that your great-grandparents used and replace it with a more modern-looking one.  In case you design to go vintage, let the vintage decorative pieces accentuate the modern look. 

The above list just mentions a few of the home decor trends from the past, there are many more. You just have to look around your home and note anything that looks too ancient and isn’t adding elegance to your home interior, then look for a replacement or simply get rid of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Important Home Carpet Cleaning Tips

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Following the important instructions for carpet cleaning tips, is a good way of increasing lifespan of a carpet. Many things that are regularly used in homes requires a regular maintaining so as to look at their best. Same applies to the carpet. Cleaning regularly is crucial to make them look their best. The following tips are basic ones that are relevant to anybody who has carpet and does regular cleaning.

Vacuum often

To protect the carpet, the entrance areas and not to forget high traffic areas needs like twice a week and the whole of the carpet as well to be frequently vacuumed. This helps in reducing the soil build up.
Start with a clean filter or a bag.
A dirty bag, filter or a dirty cup can cut the suction power of the vacuum cleaner by a half. The reason behind the non-functional bagless vacuum cleaner is that the filter aren’t not regularly changed. The best thing to do here is to wash or even replace the filter on the bagless vacuum once in every three months. The vacuum bags should be replaced when they are three quarters full.

Vacuum at high speeds
It is a good idea to start vacuum slowly to remove the dirt as much as possible. The next thing is to make another quicker pass over the areas which has low traffic and slow passes over the high traffic areas. Having two slow passes helps in removing the ground in the dirt faster than many fast passes.

Make use of walk off mats
It is good to use walk-off mats inside and the outside to prevent dirt from the carpet. Mats which are coarse textured outside the doors removes soil particles. Mats which are water absorbent helps in preventing wet shoes on the carpeting.
For synthetic carpets, most manufacturers recommend professional hot water extraction as a primary method of the carpet cleaning. It can be referred to as steam cleaning but there is no steam involved in the first place. The carpet is first pretreated with a detergent solution which is followed by hot rinse solution. From there, high pressure is forced into the carpet and it is then vacuumed out. When this process is done carefully, it cleans deep and it does not leave behind soap residues. A rented or purchased carpet washing machine removes the surface dirt. Deep cleaning removes all the allergens and dust. Greasy residues requires a specialized equipment with a thorough training of a pro. The best thing is hiring a professional every twelve to eighteen months

Don’t take bids over the phone

The quality pro provides a reference, an inspection and moreover a written estimate which is based on the square footage, condition and type of carpeting rather than the number of rooms which is cleaned and written guarantee of their work done
In the event of carpet cleaning, beware of discount carpet cleaners
The discount pro carpet cleaners depends mostly on making volume of sales rather than establishing a strong ongoing client relationship. They may spray soap on your carpet, suck the water up and they disappear in 30 minutes. These bad service leaves behind soap residues which will attract dirt to the carpet. They can get into one’s house and have the motive of selling a high priced add-ons like for deodorizers and spot removals.

Clean the carpet before it becomes dirty

The frequency of carpet cleaning depends mostly on the kind of traffic which is there. These includes kids and pets.
Carpet should be cleaned once the fibers start to look dull. Waiting until the carpet becomes really dirty, filthy or so dusty, the process of cleaning will be so difficult, takes long time and even the cost of cleaning will be high.

Vacuum well before and after the cleaning

Vacuuming beforehand helps in removing the large particles of soil. Vacuuming there after the carpet dries up completely helps in picking up soil remains and helps wicks to the surface, during the drying process.

Pretreat the stains and the areas of high traffic

Remove or elevate the furniture

In case the furniture is too heavy to move, the best thing to do is to put aluminum foils or wood blocks or even plastic film beneath the legs of all the furniture to protect the carpet from rusting. This is in cases where there is metal legs of the furniture.

Avoid over wetting the carpet

Machines like DIY put a lot of moisture in the carpet, and most of them don’t have a strong suction to extract it thoroughly. The best thing to do here is to have one pass with soap and water solution. Make just one pass with a neutralizing solution. From there, make just one or three drying passes with the water off.

Let it dry completely

Wet carpet is a good environment to breed mold and mildew. After the carpet cleaning exercise, windows should be open, fans used and a dehumidifier. The AC should also be powered on and a moderately set of about 72 to 78 degrees to remove excess moisture from the air. The walks of furniture on the carpet should not be replaced until the carpet is completely dry. This process can take up to around twelve hours. These process, however, takes up to eight hours typically.

Act quickly

For example you get the stain immediately, there is a chance of about 97 percent you can remove it easily. The longer the time a stain reacts chemically with the carpeting, the harder the process of removal it is.
On tough spots, try vinegar or even a club soda
In case water alone does not remove the tough stains, the white vinegar should be tried in equal amount of water.

Machines like DIY put a lot of moisture in the carpet, and most of them don’t have a strong suction to extract it thoroughly. The best thing to do here is to have one pass with soap and water solution. Make just one pass with a neutralizing solution. From there, make just one or three drying passes with the water off.

Apartment Cleaning Is Important To Have Done Regularly

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While an apartment can be smaller than a house, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be cleaned on a regular basis. That is why you should look into what you can do to get it cleaned regularly. That’s what you’re going to learn about here so you can get started with it easily.

Apartments can get messy very fast due to their size. While you may not have a lot of room for storage, you can still get things put away and everything clean faster than if you were dealing with a larger home. That doesn’t mean it will be easy, but it certainly isn’t something that’s too hard to do all the time because you can start to have cleaning take less and less of your time after you do this for a few weeks. You can also have people pitch in if they make a mess.

It’s good to start working with what you can to get cleaning done properly to where you won’t have to fight off mold or anything that’s bad to be around. You’ll want to use chemicals that are safe for your family to be around if the areas have to be used right after your apartment cleaning. If you can find natural cleaners that may be for the better since they cause less bad reactions when they are used. Just be cautious by reading ingredients on what you clean with and you should be able to do fine with this kind of thing.

A lot of cleanings can be done in steps so that you don’t have to worry about getting it all done at one time. The reason a lot of people don’t start with cleaning is that they think it’s going to take forever. Well, if you don’t just have it happen all at once, you’ll be able to see that everything stays clean very easily. In fact, that’s a great way to look at anything you do that seems overwhelming. For instance, to start dieting, make a step each day to eat less and less of foods that are terrible for you.

Picking out a cleaning service may help you out if you have a lot of issues with the way you’ve been unable to keep your home clean. They can come out and help you to get things in order with your home, and you don’t even have to do too much else but pay them. Make sure you hire a reputable company because if you don’t then they may not be people you are going to want to trust. Never let people into your home that you are not able to trust since that can just lead to you having things stolen or broken.

Are there any deals you can get if you hire a company to help you with your cleaning through a discount code of some kind? There are many people out there that can get you started with this, you just have to be able to work with them and ask about whether or not you can utilize coupons online or elsewhere to help you with this kind of thing. If they have any deals, make sure that you utilize them before it’s too late, and the codes no longer work out for you.

A lot of great ideas are out there about the organization, and that can help you to start keeping you apartment in great shape to where you know where everything is located. If you are always struggling to find something in your home, you will find that by being organized you won’t have that problem as much after that. You’ll want to be careful to come up with a way to keep track of everything so you don’t end up putting things away and then having to take apart your system just to find one item that would have been easy to find if you remembered.

Now that you have a little information on apartment cleaning, you can get started. There are a lot of varying things that can come of you getting it cleaned in the right way. Beginning now will let you keep things clean for some time to come.