Friday, May 22, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
Choosing the wrong type of paint finish could mean a do-over that costs twice as much.
By: Pat Curry
There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine - and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be.
Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, each with its own practical and decorative job to do.
Here’s how to choose the right paint sheen for your painting job.
The most durable and easiest to clean of all paint sheens, high-gloss paint is hard, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting. Think appliance-paint tough.
High gloss is a good choice for area that sticky fingers touch -- cabinets, trim, and doors. High-gloss, however, is too much shine for interior walls. And like a Spandex dress, high gloss shows every bump and roll, so don’t skimp on prep work.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
One that seems to skip everyone’s mind? The vacuum cleaner.
By: Amy Howell Hirt
No matter how hard you try, it's easy to overlook some spots when you spring clean — because you're blind to what you see and use every day in your own home.
So before you say you're done with your spring cleaning, check to see if you missed any of these tasks:
#1 Clean and Inspect Your Vacuum
A clogged and dirty vacuum can undo any cleaning you've done the minute you switch it on. Blame it on that stinky odor that only vacuums seem to emit.
Best to clean it first:
Change the bag and wipe down the bag's holder or empty and thoroughly wash the bagless container with a soapy damp rag.
Wipe down the entire vacuum.
Pull debris from the vacuum's brushes and wipe out the underside as much as you can.
Change the filter.
Inspect the hose for holes.
This goes for your wet/dry vacuum, and handheld one, too, if you have them.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
A bleach solution or rubbing alcohol is your best bet for keeping your home sanitized.
By: Christina Hoffman
There’s everyday clean, guest clean, and then there’s COVID-19 clean.
Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, literally, and focus on how to disinfect your home. To combat this virus, you’ll want your big guns: bleach, rubbing alcohol, and hot water.
The Best Disinfectants
For your high-touch surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a bleach solution diluted with water, or a 70% alcohol solution.
Follow this bleach recipe: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.
Make sure to properly ventilate when disinfecting with bleach.
And check to see if your bleach has expired. Who knew it could? After about 9 months to a year, and if it smells less bleachy, it’s lost its disinfecting power. Time for a new jug.
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Friday, February 7, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
Don’t open the windows. That spring breeze is no help at all.
By: Jamie Weibe
Once there's even a glimmer of spring, you're ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year.
If you're an allergy sufferer (and who isn't?), that's the last thing you want to do, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "It will allow pollen to settle in your home."
If you really can't skip that spring breeze, avoid opening them in the morning, pollen counts are highest in the morning; they decrease late in the day and at night.
And that's not the only common spring-cleaning mistake homeowners make. Here are eight more to avoid:
#1 Not Looking Up
You've worked up a sweat and everything's starting to sparkle, but then you realize your ceiling fan is coated in dust. Uh, oh. Once you start wiping the fan, dust will scatter on what ...
Thursday, January 30, 2020 / by Ashley Yates
These 7 ideas will make your kitchen timelessly gorgeous and functional.
By: Anna Arntson
We see lots of kitchen trends, so we know it’s easy to get swept along with what’s in vogue, only to get bummed out by your faddish design choices a few years later. Thank you -- and darn you -- Pinterest.
But chances are you’re only going to remodel your current kitchen once. After all, a complete kitchen renovation has a national median cost of $60,000, according to the "Remodeling Impact Report" from the National Association of REALTORS®. With that much on the line, you want to make all the right moves. If you do, you could recover about 62% of your investment if you sell.
So we’re here to future-proof you from angst by naming the seven definitive kitchen features that will retain their beauty, marketability, and value — all while giving you lasting enjoyment.
#1: White is the Dominant Color
Bottom line: White is ...