Cleaning the Tricky Spots around the House

Certain spots in your home can leave you stumped when it comes time to clean them. These clever ideas can help you figure out how to clean some of those tricky spots:

  • It can be hard to clean all the nooks and crannies of a radiator. Use a dust cloth wrapped around broom handle or other stick, followed by a soapy rag and finished off with a dry, clean one to ensure the radiator doesn’t start to rust.
  • Ceiling fan blades tend to gather dust, but cleaning them can cause that dust to fall everywhere. To prevent that, use a pillowcase to pull off the dust while keeping it in one place.
  • To clean horizontal blinds, it will depend on what they are made of and if they are removable. If they are removable and are made of plastic or aluminum, remove them and let them soak in a bathtub full of soapy water to clean off grime. Otherwise, use microfiber gloves to clean dust off of each individual slat.
  • Ever wonder how to clean the garbage disposal? Try this: make “ice” cubes out of a 75/25 mix of white vinegar and water (make sure to label them clearly while they are freezing!). Turn on the disposal and throw in some of the cubes. Follow up with lemon slices to clean and deodorize the disposal.
  • Faucets and their handles can get pretty gross, but it’s hard to get in there and clean such a tight space. Use dental floss to get places other tools and cleaning supplies can’t reach.
  • Vacuum your window tracks by putting an empty toilet paper tube over your vacuum’s hose attachment to allow it to bend and move the nozzle into tricky spaces.

Do you have any cleaning methods that you use for the tricky spots around the house? Let us know in the comments!


Tips for Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

Pickingexterior painting an exterior paint color for your home is a big decision – Hiring house painters and buying the gallons of paint can be expensive, so it’s important to pick the right color the first time around. Use these tips to help you get it right:

  1. Start by looking at the color elements of your home that you can’t change – Such as brick, stone, slate or roofing. Any paint color you choose should complement the undertones and hues of these elements.
  2. Do your research – Search online or drive around neighborhoods and take note of which color schemes you like. Look for common themes and colors you gravitate to.
  3. Consider the impact you want the paint job to have – Do you want your house to stand out? Do you want it to appear bigger or smaller? Do you have a lot of trees you need to differentiate your house from? All of these should be taken into account. For example, lighter colors tend to make houses look larger, whereas darker colors make house look smaller, but more substantial.
  4. Decide how you want your trim to look – Toned down or contrasting? If you want it to look toned down, go with either slightly lighter or darker shade than your main color. For a contrasting look, you can go with white or off-white if your main color is darker or you can choose a darker color like navy, brown or black if your main color choice is lighter.
  5. Test out your paint colors – This is the most important step. Paint samples of the color scheme(s) you like on an inconspicuous spot of your home and see how it looks throughout different times of the day and in different light.

If you’re still unsure about which color scheme to choose, talk to a professional or look at pre-chosen paint schemes offered by many paint manufacturers.