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How to Clean the Patio-DIY Tips

How to Clean the Patio-DIY Tips

Your patio is always exposed to weather elements, throughout the year. Therefore, it is bound to get dirty and defined by slime over time. To keep it in perfect condition, you need do some regular maintenance. Schedule some time to check for damage, clean and weed around it thoroughly. Do this, especially after winter season. Nevertheless, the cleaning products and the methods, you be determined by the material of the patio. Stone including slate, sandstone, limestone and granite are common patio materials. It is durable and comes in different lovely colors. Little cleaning such as sweeping, washing with soapy water and rinsing, will be more than enough for the stone flooring. On the other hand, concrete is an affordable option, although it is not as resistant to wearing as stone. The color, which is artificially added, fades with time. Unlike wood, concrete patios, demand for regular cleaning to prevent the accumulation of slime or dirt. While at it, ensure not to use a harsh cleaning product, as this will remove the pigment. Alternatively, if you cannot seem to find the right cleaning agent for your concrete patio, use water and detergent solution.


Clay is another popular material for patios. It is reminiscent of the concrete patio, in relation to durability and thickness. However, it is color does not fade off, since it is blended in the material. This too will require cleaning. A water and detergent mix, with a good scrubbing brush, will keep the patio, looking great. While cleaning the patio, be sure to move the furniture aside. This will enable you to access dark corners. Afterwards, clean the furniture pieces as necessary depending on their material. For upholstered furniture, you will need to do regular cleaning. In addition, the covers on the throw pillows will also require some cleaning service. If your patio is made of pavers, chances are that there are weeds growing in between the crevices. Weed regularly or use a pesticide to get rid of them, completely. If you decide to use a weed killer, make sure it is eco-friendly, after all you do not want it to harm your other garden plants, your pets and wildlife.


Where the patio has levels, clean well in the folding, since debris and dirt tend to accumulate in them. Your patio connects to the main house. Hence, it can be a perfect entry for bugs. Look out for any cracks near the house and seal them completely. You can also reduce the amount of dust getting into the patio by raising it to higher level and installing some buffer around its perimeter. This will not only keep dust and eroded soil from the garden from the patio, but it will also make it comfortable for wet seasons. Cleaning the patio, can improve its appearance. It is a simple home-keeping project, which involves minimal effort. The information above can help you in cleaning your patio, regardless of its material. Simply set aside time and try this out.

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Handy Tips for Cleaning Grout

Handy Tips for Cleaning Grout

Tiles are a perfect choice for the floor surfaces of the kitchen and the bathroom. They are not only relegated to these locations. The tile flooring has found its way to the other rooms too, owing to their timeless look and the ease of maintenance.  Nevertheless, dirt and debris tends to shelter in the grout, which can ruin their beauty. How can you maintain the tiles in the best condition ever? First, tiles come in different materials including ceramic, granite, slate, and marble. Whichever type you choose, it is durable and with unmatched beauty. However, dirty grout can damage their lustrous appearance. Grout is nothing but the material they use to join and seal tiles. It comes in various types that is resin, flooring and cement grout. By knowing the material of the grout of your home, will enable you to employ the best cleaning strategies.


Grout is porous; hence, it is susceptible to stains, ruining the look of the tiles. To maintain looking nice, you will have to do occasional cleaning. Even for the sealed one, you will need to apply a new coat after some time. Get started by finding a drop cloth, arm yourself with a pair of rubber gloves, and open the windows.  Then, make the cleaning solution. Mix baking soda with a small amount of white vinegar. Use a brush or an old toothbrush, to scrub the grout and rinse with warm water. This will remove any debris and sanitize the area.
To prevent the grout from staining and water from infiltrating into the area, seal it with a silicon-based grout sealer. Apply one or two coats of the sealer. For stained grout, use shaving cream to spray the lines and leave it for some minutes, after which you scrub with a small brush.


For the diehard stains, mix baking soda and straight hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. When the bubbling quenches, use the paste on the grout and allow it a few minutes to settle. Scrub with a small brush. It will be difficult for any stain not bulge into this paste. Check out also for cracked grout and the loose ones. Repair the ones in bad condition. The cracks can allow water and dust to enter underneath the tiles, which can be destructive. Especially in the bathroom, where the floor remains wet for most times, a single crack could damage your marble flooring.

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Controlling pests using a vacuum cleaner

Controlling pests using a vacuum cleaner

A vacuum cleaner can help you to control pests in your home. It provides a non-toxic way that is cheap of breaking the pet cycles. The steps below will help you to get rid of pests easily with your vacuum cleaner.

Select the vacuum cleaner

Choose a suitable vacuum cleaner for controlling the pest. The vacuum should have a hose so that it can remove bugs from overhead and irregular surfaces. It should also have a rotating brush in order to remove bugs from the carpets. Vacuum cleaners with extension tubes and long hose are best suited for removing bugs. The vacuum should be configured to maximum power. Clean your home by vacuuming regularly. This way, the bugs will not have anything to eat and will keep of your home. Ensure that food is in sealed containers where the bugs cannot reach it. Vacuum all the corners, shelves, carpets and floors including under objects where dirt can settle.

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Cleaning the home for prevention of illness

Cleaning the home for prevention of illness

Your home needs to be clean to prevent illness. This is by keeping bacteria and germs away from the home. The tips below will help you to keep your home bacteria and germs free.

Keep the kitchen clean

The kitchen is one place more prone to germs and dirt that are brought by the raw foods and meats. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the kitchen is thoroughly cleaned more often. Keep it clean by using cleaning solution and sponge. To ensure that the sponge does not harbor germs, boil it in water for about five minutes, or you can run it in the  dishwasher heat cycle to sanitize it thoroughly. You should also keep all the items in the kitchen clean. Clean the cutting boards, especially if they are used to cut meat to prevent germs from spreading. Clean the kitchen sinks at least once a day because it is the one which comes into contact with most dirty food items. Microfiber cloths are preferable in cleaning the kitchen because they can then be washed using a washing machine, or they can be bleached to keep them clean. That way, they will not transfer germs to the kitchen.
For less use of harsh chemicals, you should use green cleaners such as ionized acidic water. The ionized water can be used to clean cutting boards, glass, counter tops, door handles, floors and toilets.

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How to clean and care for countertops

How to clean and care for countertops

Countertops in the kitchen and bathroom need to be cleaned and cared for. Countertops are made from different materials and therefore, their mode of cleaning and caring varies. Below is how you can clean and care for different types of countertops.

Granite counter tops

The countertops are cleaned by wiping with warm and soapy water with thorough rinsing. To avoid scratching the surface, do not use scrub pads or abrasive cleansers though a mild breach can be used. In case it has a stain, you can remove it using water and baking soda paste. You can also mix talc with diluted ammonia and hydrogen peroxide or bleach. Scrub the stained area with a soft brush and then paste rinse thoroughly. The same cleaning and removal of stains should be done for concrete countertops. The only difference is that you should seal the countertops with sealers that are formulated specifically for each type of the countertop.

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