Here is a collection of different homemaking tips to make your life easier — from paints in kitchen and pest management to carpet care guidelines.

Tips on How to Take Care Upholstered Furniture

Tips on How to Take Care Upholstered Furniture

If you have upholstered furniture, it is important to learn how to take of it. By doing this, you will keep it looking lustrous, just like the first time you bought it. With the right cleaning, maintenance and care, your seats will offer you service for a long time. You will need to do it persistently, to achieve the desired results. Here are some tips for taking care of upholstered furniture.


This might be a late advisory and in particular, if you have bought the furniture already, but it is worth your attention.  Choosing the right fabric is essential. This is because; it makes the work of maintaining the fabric, simple and interesting. Settle for a fabric that is suited for your lifestyle and for the furniture piece. For example, synthetic fibers are great in areas where you are frequent.


Protect the fabric from spills. Most manufacturers take it upon themselves to incorporate dirt and oil repellents in the upholstery. However, you can add some more at home. These repellents prevent spills from being absorbed by the material. This does not mean that you do not need to clean up the soiled area.  Ideally, if anything spills on your upholstered furniture, clean it in time. Turning the cushions, may also ensure that your upholstery stays for long. Occasionally, overturn the cushions. This will ensure that they do not wear only in one side, leaving the other surface with indentations. In addition, fluffing cushions after cleaning, will keep them in great shape. Since, some seats are more used than others are, consider changing the cushions from one place to another to balance the usage.

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How to Make your Home Unwelcoming for Bugs

How to Make your Home Unwelcoming for Bugs

It is obvious that it is impossible to keep bugs entirely out of your home.  Whether you like it or not some insects will find their way into your home, depending on the season of the year.  Nevertheless, you should not make it easy for the bugs to find an entryway to your home.  Take time to implement the following housekeeping activities and regular maintenance tasks, will make the house unfavorable for pest infestation.


First, start by installing and maintaining screens on windows and doors. Use fine mesh wire to shield the tiniest of insects from getting in the house. Seal also around the door frames. If the spaces are large enough to let in, air and light, rest assured that even bugs can squeeze in. Install also some door sweeps at the bottom of each door. Use door seals for the spaces, along the sides of the door. This will discourage spiders among other insects, from finding a route into your home.


If there are cracks on the exterior walls of the building, you should expect bugs to find their way into your house. Sealing these cracks, will be a great move. Purchase a tube of caulk, and then go around the building looking for such crevices and sealing them as necessary. Other places which bugs use to enter the house include appliance vents and utility lines. Pests may come through the gaps in the dryer vent, telephone line or gas line. You can either use caulk or spray foam product to seal these areas completely.

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How to Keep an Organized Closet

How to Keep an Organized Closet

If you find clothing in your closet, which you do not know you had, or you can hardly see the floor of the closet, it is time you organized it.  You may wonder how since it looks overwhelmed by the clothes, there in. Learning how to arrange the closet, may help a great deal in bringing sanity in your room.  Even a disorganized walk-in closet, will appear cheap and awful. Hence, there is a need to keep the closet tidy. Besides making your dressing session easier and fun, it also enhances the interior décor of the room.

Begin with removing everything out of the closet.  Take the shoes, clothes, luggage and any other thing, which has found its way in the closet. This will give you a clean slate to use while organizing your personal belongings. In addition, it will be a perfect time to do a general cleaning on the shelves or the drawers.  If possible, vacuum and dry it.

After you are done, cleaning the closet, sort the things, you would want to remain and discard anything else, you think is unnecessary.  To ease your organization exercise, keep them in piles. For instance, have a pile of business clothes, another one for casual wear and the last one for items you do not need to keep. Here you have to make hard decisions, divide the last pile in clothing you should trash and some for donation.

People have a tendency of keeping things they hardly use. Hence, do not feel awkward, if it pains to throw away clothes that do not fit or something that you have not worn for a long while. Nevertheless, remember that you need the closet space. Therefore, some items have to go. Where you are adamant about keeping a certain thing, keep it in a box and place it in the attic. Other things, which should not return in the closet include, luggage, winter coats and workout equipment among others.

Now you can organize the closet. In some instances, you will need to fetch some storage solutions. Most home improvement stores will have these options, in different types, sizes and styles. Get a hanging shoe rack, which can fit at the back of the closet door, to keep your shoes. You can also add shelving to the closet to increase space.

After you have adequate storage space, put everything back in. However, do it in an organized manner. Keep out-of-season clothes away. For instance, you can gather them in one storage bin and place them on top of the closet. Then, hang the other clothes in the order of how often you wear them. While at it, hang clothes of the same kind in one partition.

If you follow the above steps, you will always have an organized closet. Another trick, place everything back to its place, after doing laundry.  Lastly, as the years go by, form a habit of getting rid of clothing, you do not require or which, does not fit.

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Keeping your Hardwood Flooring Ever Lustrous

Keeping your Hardwood Flooring Ever Lustrous

Hardwood floors are some of the most elegant choices of flooring in the market. Nevertheless, their cost is justified, since their look is timeless. They bring a natural feel into the house.  This though only happens, when you take good care of them. With a regular maintenance and cleaning routine, the hardwood flooring can go for many years before it calls for a replacement.  How do you go about it?


Dirt and dust are known culprits for causing damage to wooden floors. Hence, it is important that you keep them to a minimum. This you do with a broom with soft bristles. By doing this, you will be able to remove particles of dirt and dust, from the folds on the flooring.   Never use a coarse brush, to scrub the floor; it will only end up destroying the finish on the wood.


On weekly basis, vacuum the hardwood floor or often, if the room encounters heavy traffic.  To avoid scratching the floor, ensure to use the soft brush, which comes with the vacuum cleaner. As you vacuum the flooring, do not leave out the corners. This is because, dust tend to settle in less-frequented areas.  In addition, move the furniture to reach the underneath areas. They may not be visible, but their condition will determine how long your hardwood floor will serve you.

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How to have a Clean and a Healthy Kitchen

How to have a Clean and a Healthy Kitchen

The kitchen is a very sensitive location. You prepare and cook meals in the room. Hence, it is important you keep its hygiene at its best.  Clean pots and dishes are necessary. In addition, dirty counter tops can lead to contamination of food.  Then, you should clean your kitchen thoroughly, to ensure you have a safe place to prepare your family meals.  It even becomes a necessity, especially in the modern homes, where kitchens are acting as dining areas.


Start by getting the cleaning supplies. If possible, go for cleaning products, which will not call for mixing.  However, if they will need to be mixed, let it be with water. Other items you will require in this cleaning exercise include brushes, heavy gloves, safety goggles and cleaning clothes.  To curb accidents, place the cleaning items in one bin. You should keep this off your children’s reach.  Label the storage bucket, for easy access.  This will also help you to avoid confusing them. For instance, store all the sanitizing products in the blue market, oven cleaning can all fit in a green bucket and floor cleaning supplies in the yellow bucket.


The next step is deciding the areas, which need cleaning and those, which require sanitizing. Note that, clean means lack of dirt whereas sanitary implies that there are no ill-causing microorganisms. Create a list of areas, which are to be cleaned and the ones to be sanitized.  To give you an idea, walls, floors, fronts and sides of ovens, refrigerators and cabinets, handles and ventilation areas in stoves, will all fall under the cleaning-areas category. Other areas such as the kitchen counters, tables, food and beverage containers, refrigerators, pots, dish racks, oven shelves and pans among other related items, require sanitization.  After you have identified these areas, start by cleaning. This can be achieved by using hot water with a mild detergent.  On the other hand, sanitizing will call for heat with over 80 degrees or use of chemicals. If heat is not an option, diluted bleach can do just fine.

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