Blog 2018-12-26T12:16:22+00:00

Clear Gutters With Pressure Washing

December 27th, 2018|

Fall is a perfect time for watching the leaves change color and float to the ground. For those whose homes have gutters, however, many of those leaves fall into the gutters. By the time the majority of trees are bare, the leaves in one’s gutters have become wet and compacted. Along with twigs and other debris, they need to be removed by a professional. Pressure washing is the most efficient way to break up and flush away this debris. Although gutters can be cleaned any time of the year, the best time is in the late fall or early winter, after the leaves have finished falling and before temperatures reach freezing. Any leaves that fall into the gutter eventually become wet and block the flow of water to the downspout. Without cleaning, the gutter may fill with water and overflow on the outside or leak into the inside of the house....

The Dangers of Carpets

December 27th, 2018|

Carpeting is a common flooring choice due to its affordability and comfort factor. Unfortunately, the flooring option also creates a cozy sanctuary for numerous allergens and microorganisms. Most carpets house pollen and dust mites. They also encourage the growth of mold, mildew and other types of bacteria. Why Are Carpets so Germy? According to research, your carpet contains approximately 200,000 bacteria per square inch. This element makes it more germy than a toilet seat. Carpet is particularly full of bacteria because the average person loses about 1.5 million skin cells an hour. When the skin cells land on your carpet, they become food for germs. Food particles, pet dander and pollen also become germ food. Do Vacuum Cleaners Work? Your vacuum cleaner will suction up surface dirt, but the device’s suctioning power and revolving beater brush is probably unable to reach the bottom areas of your carpet. As a result, the...

Restoring Faded Fabrics

December 27th, 2018|

Is your favorite contemporary sofa already starting to look like a vintage piece? If so, don't worry. Fabrics fade naturally over time as a result of sun exposure and normal wear and tear. After all, furniture is designed to be used, so it's not realistic to expect those dining chairs that you've had for nearly a decade to remain in pristine condition. How do I minimize fabric fading? If your furniture actually gets used on a regular basis, fading is inevitable and unavoidable. The only real way to decrease the rate of fading is to use the furniture less frequently. You should also try your best to keep your furniture out of direct sunlight. Depending on where it's situated within your living space, it could be impossible to avoid direct sunlight as well. Display pieces rarely get actual use, so these will obviously retain their colors for much longer than pieces...

How to Remove Carpet Stains

December 27th, 2018|

Whether it's from spilled coffee or a pet that didn't make it outside in time, that blotch on your beautiful carpet needs immediate attention. Here's a quick guide for taming carpet stains before the professionals come to your rescue. Techniques and Tools When your carpet suffers an unsightly accident, time isn't on your side. Immediately soak up the stain with white paper towels, but don't use towels with patterns because their colors can transfer. Blot the area until it's thouroughly dry, and then apply your cleaning mixture with a soft touch. Be careful not to scrub the stain into your carpet's fibers. Three Cleaning Solutions These three home remedies are easy to put together, and they give you a head start on most problems. Just be sure to use a gentle technique and plenty of patience. Vinegar and water: Pet stains, food splatters, rust spots Mild liquid detergent and water: Blood,...

Back to School Cleaning

December 27th, 2018|

As the kids return to school, it is the ideal time to consider de-cluttering and reorganizing the house. Besides presenting a neater appearance, it will help children have a more solid focus on school work. It will bring advantages to the rest of the house as well. There are many benefits that children will enjoy when the house is organized. When a bedroom or work space is kept neat, it will be easy to find necessary papers and complete assignments when they are due. It also creates a quiet and dedicated space where children can think and work without interruption. Having pencils, paper, and other supplies in a specific area makes school projects simple to complete as well. When the house is organized, it makes mornings less stressful. For instance, when closets are organized, it is easy to select clothing without wasting precious time. Clothes will be kept neater and unwrinkled...

How To Keep Your Large Mirrors Clean

December 27th, 2018|

Your mirrors are subjected to so many nasty elements, including sticky hairspray, fingerprints, spit, insects, germs and household grime. Nevertheless, the following steps will help you restore that shiny, beautiful look that your large mirrors once had. Step 1. Get your cleaning solutions ready You need a good amount of dish soap and white vinegar as well as a spray bottle, a soft rag and a microfiber cloth. You also can use a squeegee to clean your mirrors with more control and not create streaks. Do not use a commercial cleaner that contains acid, alkali or ammonia. Also, do not use a newspaper that has soy-based ink. Step 2. Place a towel under the mirror Since water damages wood, the goal is to use the towel to catch excess liquid so that it will not fall on or get behind the wood. If your mirror has been stored in the attic...

Keeping Playtime Fun and Clean

December 27th, 2018|

Toys get dirty quickly. Since kids use these play items frequently, it is no surprise that they see a lot of wear and tear. Kids do not practice the best hygiene habits, so germs are easily transferred to toys. This not only makes the toys dirty but it can risk the health of children who come into contact with these items. While some toys can be easily disinfected or washed, certain items may prove more difficult to clean. In fact, stuffed animals and other bed toys may be among the dirtiest items, and they are often cleaned the least. Some stuffed animals can be cleaned in the washing machine. Others can be refreshed with a spray fabric cleaner. Be sure to check the label of the stuffed animal to see specific recommendations. Bath toys are always in the water, so it may be easy to think they are already clean. However,...

How to Ruin Suede Furniture

December 27th, 2018|

It is extremely easy to stain suede furniture. Leather furniture is much more delicate than conventional fabric upholstery and requires a special cleaning process. Suede can become easily damaged if it is not treated properly. Homeowners often try DIY cleaning products or procedures to get rid of stains but cause more harm than good. Since suede is made from animal hide with open pores, it is quite absorbent and becomes easily stained when the wrong cleaner is used. When water comes in contact with suede, it becomes stiff as well. Harsh chemicals may lead to worse stains. Some may cause deterioration to the protective suede coating, which exposes the material to dirt and humidity. Also, when brushed vigorously to remove a stain, suede can become permanently destroyed. To prevent costly damage or the need to replace a piece of furniture, it is much smarter to hire a professional cleaning service. Professionals...

Where does Dust Come From?

December 27th, 2018|

Like many people, dust may be something of a mystery to you. It constantly accumulates, but where does it come from? How does it get inside your house? What's it made out of? By understanding these things, you'll have an easier time keeping your home as spic and span as possible. What is Dust? Dust is everywhere. It's indoors, outdoors and everywhere in between. Outdoor dust mostly consists of tiny particles of dirt and various pollutants. Indoor dust is a whole other matter. As unpleasant as it may sound, indoor dust is largely comprised of dead skin cells. The average person sheds 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells per minute, so it accumulates quickly. Dust inside a home is also made up of clothing fibers, carpet fibers, dirt, pet dander, mold spores and pollen. Many other microscopic particulates are found in indoor dust as well. The Dangers of Dust Dust doesn't...

Don’t let your Grill Leave You Up in Smoke

December 27th, 2018|

Despite the ease of barbecuing, it is common for cooks to leave the grill periodically while they are cooking. Sometimes people also neglect to clean their grills, or forget to shut them off. Additionally, grills are usually positioned near a homeowner’s house. Leaking tank hoses or items placed near the grill’s flame can cause fires. Often embedded grease and oil provide fuel to increase the flame and can make it difficult to extinguish a fire quickly. Whether the grill causes a fire that infiltrates your home or produces smoke damage, a fire restoration company can clean and restore your interior. Using a professional restoration company to clean your home makes it easy to remove debris, soot, and smoke damage. Fire restoration companies have the resources, knowledge, and equipment to clean your home extensively. Skilled fire restoration contractors can also eliminate damage caused from cleaning. Insurance companies can usually recommend a reputable...

Renting a carpet cleaner is a bad idea

December 27th, 2018|

Although it may be appealing to try to clean carpeting yourself, using a professional carpet cleaning service may save you money, time, and effort. Homeowners often do not clean their carpets regularly; infrequently cleaned rugs have embedded dirt and stains that may not be identifiable. Additionally, dirty carpets can attract pollutants or become a welcoming environment for mold growth. Thus, proper cleaning can improve the appearance of carpeting and facilitate good health. Unfortunately, homeowners frequently lack the knowledge and experience to clean their carpets, or they do not use cleaning products correctly. In contrast, professional rug cleaners can determine the nature of the stain and identify the yarns in your carpet. The procedure for cleaning carpets can vary based on the stain and carpet. Professional carpet cleaning that successfully removes the stains is cheaper than using the wrong carpet product. Sometimes the incorrect product can set the stain or damage the..

Obtaining a More Efficient Air Conditioner

December 27th, 2018|

If you're currently dealing with an air conditioner that is not functioning optimally, you are very likely suffering from dirty air ducts. Blocked ducts can cause your cooling unit to work much harder, which could potentially ruin both the compressor and the exterior coil. To ensure that your ducts are cleaned properly, you should hire a reputable cleaning service. The associated benefits will be quite beneficial for the entire home. More Efficient Air Conditioner With routine cleanings of your air ducts, you can extend the life of your air conditioner by several years. Contractors will typically have the knowledge to thoroughly clean blowers, evaporator coils and other component parts that are readily accessible. The removal of organic debris, dirt, grime, dust and pests will allow the air conditioner to become much more efficient. The central unit can thus be kept in pristine shape for longer periods of time. Lower...

Carpet Stains from Outdoor Activities

December 27th, 2018|

ummer brings people outdoors to enjoy the warmth, activity and nature of the season. Life in the summer can be quite enjoyable as people spend time with their friends and family in the sun, but outdoor summer life can also lead to dirty carpets. People enjoying time in the outdoors often step in some unfortunate things, such as wet grass and mud, and bring these problems into a house on their sandals, shoes or bare feet. Summer stains are an unfortunate fact of summer life. Carpets can often act as a magnet for the grass, mud and dirt brought in on bare feet and shoes, and these stains can often dirty and harm carpets. Luckily, most of these stains can be efficiently cleaned and removed by a professional cleaning service. It is important for people to contract a professional cleaning service to clean carpets and remove stains. Most “do it yourself”.

Keeping Outdoor Furniture Clean All Summer Long

December 27th, 2018|

Summer is approaching quickly, and this means that you are getting ready to spend a lot more time outdoors. You waited a long time to be able to have your first barbecue, and the weather is warm enough to spend time in the pool. When you are ready to lie in the sun or sit and enjoy your hotdogs and hamburgers with friends, where will you do this? It’s time for the patio furniture that you put away for the winter to make an appearance, but this presents a few problems. Your furniture will be exposed to the elements, and this can cause your beautiful furnishings to deteriorate. Therefore, they will require intense care, but the weather and pests are conspiring against you. Damage from Moisture and Light Rain can wreak havoc on your wood because the moisture can cause it to swell or become warped. It can also stain the..

Avoiding Damage From Candles

December 27th, 2018|

Candles add a lovely ambiance with their flickering light and gentle fragrance. Candles are used for all sorts of happy, sad and romantic occasions. It's hard to imagine a birthday cake without flaming candles just waiting for a wish. A wedding wouldn't be the same without an array of candles at the altar. Funerals are not the happiest of occasions, but they are a way for people to gather in remembrance of a loved one, and candles impart a gentle glow to such a situation. All things considered, candles are an important part of the human experience, but they can be quite dangerous, as well. The number one rule regarding candle safety is to never leave a burning candle unattended. If you're going to light a candle, be there while it burns. Make certain the candle is on a non-flammable stand or in a fireproof holder. Trim the wick to a..

Dryer Vent Cleaning in Baltimore

December 27th, 2018|

If your chimney were clogged with dangerous soot and debris, you'd hire a professional to clean it, right? Why would you do any less for your clogged up dryer vent? A dryer vent that's loaded with lint is just as hazardous as a dirty chimney and the results can be the same: a house fire. If you don't think that dryer lint is super flammable, read the Boy Scout Handbook. In it, the authors suggest that scouts bring along some lint when they go camping. Why? Because it's great stuff with which to start a campfire. All it takes is a simple spark to ignite a wad of dryer lint. If the ventilation system of your dryer full of accumulated lint, you can imagine the consequences. Of course you know about cleaning the lint trap of your clothes dryer after every use. Any homeowner can do that much, but the lint.

Functional and Stylish Window Dressings

December 27th, 2018|

Window dressings aren't just about style. The right curtains and drapes can play a major role in controlling how comfortable you feel in your own home. With cooler temperatures on the horizon, window dressings make inexpensive, weather-stopping home upgrades that you can usually install on your own. Climate Control Drapes do more than simply block undesired light. Curtains made of heavy or lined materials also serve as effective barriers for preventing the passage of heat. In homes with older, drafty windows, these decorative elements provide a low-cost means of retaining hot air during the winter. Some curtains even incorporate reflective surfaces that increase the overall energy efficiency of home heating devices like furnaces. The mere fact that curtains present a physical impediment to air currents helps ensure that your HVAC system has to use less energy and go through fewer cycles in order to maintain desired temperatures within a given space.

Spring Cleaning for Your Air Ducts

December 27th, 2018|

When you're making your list of spring cleaning projects, be sure to include having your air conditioner's ducts cleaned a part of your to do list. Your air conditioner uses these ducts to deliver cooled air into your home, and over time, they can become filled with dirt and airborne particles. While your AC has a filter, if your ducts become clogged, it can overwhelm the filter, which can lead to debris from your ducts blowing into your home. Should this happen, the air in your home can become filled with organisms, pollen and other allergens that can lead to and exacerbate respiratory problems. Indoor air quality is a huge issue, even if you and the members of your household are healthy. Studies show that poor indoor air quality can lead to the development of medical conditions, so keeping the air in your home free of airborne bacteria and micro-organisms is..

Home Window Cleaning in Baltimore

December 27th, 2018|

Windows serve as a transition between the outside and inside, bringing in light and allowing those inside to view the outdoor landscape, weather and sunshine. Dirty windows distort incoming light and affect the enjoyment of the view to the outside. Clean, attractive windows add to the street appeal of a building. Although some windows are easy for a homeowner to clean, others require special equipment or are in places that are difficult to reach. Large picture windows, those on upper stories of a home or specialty windows like skylights can be difficult to clean or dangerous to get to. To get windows clean on both sides, two people should work together, one on each side to make sure that all streaks and smudges are removed. Unless you have a window-cleaning partner, you may find it difficult to get both sides equally clean. Professional window cleaners have the tools and safety equipment..

Benefits of Pressure Washing Your Home

December 27th, 2018|

If you think pressure washing is just for businesses and public sidewalks, you may be surprised at how beneficial they can be for your home. By using a water volume far in excess of what the average garden hose can achieve, a pressure washer can be used to remove grime, mold, loose paint, and dirt from surfaces. This cleaning can add years to the life of your home, increase your resale value, and improve outdoor health and safety. Important Maintenance One of the biggest benefits of pressure washing can be found in its strong maintenance capabilities. With regular washing, you can eliminate many of the contaminants that cause a structure to fail early. Rot, cracking, and general decay can be arrested by regularly pressure washing your deck, siding, porch, sidewalks, fence, and other structural components. Increase Sale Value Homeowners often turn to a pressure washing company when they're ready to put..

Spring Cleaning in Baltimore

December 27th, 2018|

Spring cleaning can put a damper on your warm-weather fun. Here's how to get the job done quickly so you can spend your time outside in the Baltimore sun. Assess Your Mess Tour your home. In each room, note where clutter is a problem. Decide what needs to be done in each area, and enlist household members to put away toys and other household items. List tasks that need to be done when the "real" cleaning begins. De-Winterize Your Home During the winter, we tend to "hibernate." With nesting comes clutter in the form of movies, books, piles of blankets and other creature comforts. If you've accumulated extra stuff, decide what stays and what goes. Grab garbage bags or boxes and labels, then gather unwanted or unused items to throw out, keep or donate. Buy Cleaning Supplies Now that you've de-cluttered, it's time to start the serious cleaning. Take inventory of.

How to Buy the Best Smoke Detector

December 27th, 2018|

If you’re in the market for a new smoke detector, don’t rush into making a purchase before doing a bit of background research. Like other home systems, smoke detectors come in a wide selection of individual brands and designs. Some offer better protection and have a longer lifespan than others. Whether you’re shopping for a small apartment in the city or a large rural home, below are the three key features you want to look for to find the best smoker detector for any space. New Smoke Detectors in Baltimore While you can find older fire alarms for sale at discount prices, investing in a newer system is almost always a better decision in the long run. Because fire detection technology evolves every year, the latest models often come with safety upgrades that make them more effective and efficient. Electronic Smoke Detectors Smoke detectors used to be basic in the past,..

5 Things People NEVER Remember to Clean

December 27th, 2018|

In even the tidiest life, many everyday items that need regular cleaning frequently go unnoticed. Here are five items that deserve your attention: 1. Hairbrush: Washing your hair regularly removes dirt, oils and hair products, yet your hairbrush encounters these same things every time you brush those locks. When buildup accumulates on the brush, you're depositing grime back onto just-washed hair with each brush use. Washing your hairbrush keeps your hair cleaner and prolongs brush life. 2. Pop-up Sink Stopper: If your bathroom sink doesn't drain properly, there's probably hair and soap scum blocking the way. A surprising amount of hair collects around the sink stopper, which then catches soap and dirt each time you wash your hands. Don't forget the stopper when you clean the sink. 3. Credit and Debit Cards: Using credit or debit cards frequently can cause dirt and grime to stick to the magnetic strip on the..

4 Unexpected Places To Find Mold

December 27th, 2018|

Mold is commonly found in bathrooms around tubs or showers and in kitchens around sinks. However, there are several other places it can hide that people would least expect. Moldy Dishes Mold can accumulate on dishes in a drainer or in a cupboard. If the air is moist and they are not stacked with enough space between each dish, mold can start growing. If family members eat off the dishes, they could become sick from ingesting the mold. Also, the mold can spread and continue growing in cabinets. Mold in Dishwasher People who use front-loading washers are more prone to seeing mold. It starts around the gasket and can spread. This means clothing will have mold residue on it, which can lead to illness. Mold Forming in Air Conditioners Mold thrives on the pollen and dust captured by air conditioners. If the unit is not run regularly during hot and humid..

Why Plant-Based Cleaners Are Useful

December 27th, 2018|

Who knew that plants could be more than simply beautiful? By harnessing the power of plants, you can keep your home sparkling clean without having to worry about any chemical residue that could be potentially harmful to your family and pets. Plant-based cleaners provide peace of mind, and they are diverse in the sense that you don’t need dozens of bottles under your sink. Most plant-based cleaners can be used on multiple cleaning jobs, from window washing to floor polishing, so a single natural-based product can be used throughout your home. Common ingredients in plant-based cleaners are citrus fruit, vinegar and oils such as coconut or soybean. You may not know that vinegar, which is distilled from grains, has anti-bacterial properties and can be used as a disinfectant and as a tool to effectively remove mold and mildew. When used in combination with salt or baking soda, vinegar can even remove..

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