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People who have pets usually treat them like they’re part of the family. If your dog, cat, or any other pet you might have has the run of your home or your office space, you may need some extra pointers to keep Fluffy or Fido’s fur off your floors and furniture. Here are some handy tips you might want to use to keep your house spic and span while not restricting your pets as to where they can go in your home. 1. Duct Tape Is Your Best Friend Nothing removes pet hair from furniture like duct tape. It’s inexpensive and easy to use for removing pet hair from furniture. You just need to wrap it sticky side up around your hand and start patting down your furniture with it. You’ll be amazed at how furry the duct tape will…

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You’ve had a great night with friends. You’ve been sitting around talking, while having some appies and glasses of wine. Before you know it, it’s the wee hours of the morning. You’re too tired to clean things up, so you just leave everything, including the wine glasses. By the time you get around to cleaning them, the wine residue has dried, and they’re looking a little worse for wear. So, what’s the best way to get these glasses sparkling again? Hand Washing versus Dishwasher The dishwasher method is gaining ground on hand washing purists. There have been many advances in dishwasher technology, and glass manufacturers are now making glass stems much more sturdy and likely to survive a trip to the dishwasher. It’s best to leave the hand washing for any traditional crystal like Waterford or Stuart. Those glasses could…

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Cleaning A Dishwasher The Right Way

Dishwashers can get pretty filthy if not cleaned out properly, and on a regular basis. There is a certain irony that an appliance used to clean can get so dirty, but irony does nothing to mitigate a problem. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy way to clean your dishwasher, and to keep it sparkling, so it can do its job properly. The following are some handy tips you might want to put to the test. Remember to Clean the Filter…

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Keeping Your House Clean During The Holidays

The decorations aren’t the only things that you’ll want to be sparkling during the festive season. You’ll want your home gleaming, too, and ready for all the family and friends who are likely to drop by to share in some holiday cheer. Here are some tips you might use to keep your home snow white clean during the holidays. Start off Fresh Giving your home a really good cleaning prior to the festivities starting will help you keep it looking…

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Dust bunnies sometimes have a life of their own. Not only are they unsightly when they’re hopping all over your home, but they can really cause misery if you or other family members are allergic to them, especially on cleaning days. For those with allergies, here are some tips to make cleaning a little more bearable. Fashion a Schedule for Cleaning Times Allergies are nasty any time, but if you spread out your cleaning time so you only have to do a few things every day, it might make symptoms less problematic. Keeping your home clean is essential to keeping allergies at bay. Make Your Vacuum Your Best House Buddy Vacuuming regularly (at least a couple times each week) will keep dust to a minimum. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter, which will trap particles you can’t even…

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Apartment living can be so much fun! Usually, your only concern is paying your bills and keeping your space tasteful and clean. When it comes to the clean part, there are some things to have around that will make your cleaning day go much more smoothly. Here are some essentials to include in your apartment cleaning kit, and ones used by companies offering customized cleaning services: Cleaning Supplies Wood cleaner to polish furniture and keep dust at bay on vents, ceiling fans and the like; Glass cleaner such as Windex, or you can make your own with a couple tablespoons of white vinegar and three cups of water; Dish soap which you can use as a spot cleaner for carpets and furniture by simply adding a few drops to a cup of water; Baking soda which mixed with lemon juice…

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It’s cleaning day and you’re dreading how to go about cleaning those hard-to-reach spots in your home that you know need to be done. It seems like a constant battle. But there are some great hacks on getting to these tough spots in your home. Here are a few you might want to try out!   Blinds and Tongs A very inventive idea is to take a pair of cooking tongs and use elastics to affix damp, lint-free cloths around them. It’s a terrific way to clean the slats of the blinds. Window Frames One of the banes of a house cleaner’s existence, window frames are tough to clean well. But, if you put an empty toilet paper tube on the end of your vacuum’s suction tube, getting all that dirt out is a piece of cake. Since the tube…

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No one likes to look at or to use tarnished silverware, and getting it sparkling is easier than you might think. Here are some unique ways to get your silver mirror-shiny: Aluminum foil method This is probably one of the most tried and true methods for cleaning silver. Combine a litre of water, a tablespoon of baking soda and a piece of aluminum foil in a pan and bring to a boil. Drop silverware into the pot for about 15 seconds (or more if very tarnished). Remove and voila! Your silverware will look brand new! Laundry soap Take aluminum foil and line a medium-sized bowl with it. Fill with hot water. Add about a tablespoon of powdered laundry soap, add your silver and let it soak for about a minute. Remove, buff and see the shine. The ketchup solution Take…

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Most people love entertaining. When you’re hosting a party, you want to make sure people have a great time and talk about all the great things that happened, including making comments about how great your place looked. Cleaning your home before a party doesn’t have to cause you any undue stress. One of the best pieces of advice is not to leave everything to the last minute. Divide jobs into smaller tasks you can do a week prior to the big event. Here are some other tips to get you in the mood to socialize: Plan your strategy Day one should be about evaluating the things that you’ll need to do. There’s an easy and unique way to do this. Use your imagination and pretend you’re a guest at the party. Have a look around. What do you see that…

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