Cleaning

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Granite counter tops look great inside your home. Now, you can have the same elegant look outside with a little extra care. Wipe down your outdoor granite surfaces often with dish soap and water. Clean countertops twice a year with a stone clean solution from your local home improvement store. Be sure you never use any product with bleach, ammonia, or harsh abrasives. And seal your granite with a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from setting. Always use a tray under candles. Wipe up oil spills right away. Oil and wax can both stain your countertops.

Supplies
  • Dish Soap Mixed with Water
  • Rags
  • Stone Cleaning Solution
  • Stone Sealer
  • Candle Tray
Instructions

Is the upholstery on your patio furniture looking dirty and dingy? Here’s a great way to keep your cushions looking like new. Brush off any loose dirt. Use a sponge or soft bristle brush and one-quarter cup mild dish soap for a gallon of lukewarm water. Let the soapy water soak into the fabric, rinse it clean, and let your upholstery air-dry. Then, you’ll want to retreat your sun-resistant fabric with a water repellent spray finish. Two thin layers work much better than one heavy coat. So, use a light touch. Then, just kick back and enjoy the great outdoors.

Supplies
  • Bristle Brush
  • 1/4 cup Dish Soap Mixed with 1 Gallon of Water
  • Spray Bottle
  • Sponge
  • Water Repellent Spray Finish
Instructions

When was the last time you gave your window screens a good cleaning? If you have dust or pollen allergies, cleaning the screens will help you breathe easier at home.  Here’s the easy way to do it. You don’t need to take the screens off the windows. Leave them in place, and brush with a soft wide paintbrush, to loosen the trapped dust and pollen. Then, use a handheld Dust Buster or vacuum to finish the job. If your window handle is loose and won’t open easily, I like to use Locktyte Gel to tighten it up. As soon as it dries, you can crank it open.

Supplies
  • Soft, Wide Paint Brush
  • Handheld Vacuum
  • Loctite Gel
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Here’s a weekend project that will help your driveway look like new. Have you ever used a power washer? You can rent one from your home improvement center. Power washers are perfect for concrete driveways and most brick surfaces. Make sure the mortar around the brick is solid and not crumbling. Keep power washers away from unsealed wood decks. Too much water pressure could destroy soft wood fibers and leave the surface fuzzy. Work from top to bottom, so dirty water doesn’t drip down onto your clean section. Here’s an important safety tip: never leave a power washer unattended and stay clear of the nozzle. 

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Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

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Here’s how to accident proof your home, room by room. Use non-slip safety strips for area rugs in the living room. Make sure extension cords are tucked away, and curtains are far from heater vents. In the kitchen, keep dishtowels away from burners. Smoke alarms belong in every bedroom. A flashlight should always be within reach. In the bathroom, tubs need a nonskid surface, like decals. Don’t forget to store medicine and cleaning supplies where kids can’t get to them. A little advance planning can make your home a much safer place.

Supplies
  • Non-Slip Safety Strips
  • Non Slip Decals
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Flash Light
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Every great kitchen transformation starts with the three R’s. Replace, reface, and renew. Start by replacing your old faucet, or splurge with a new energy efficient appliance. Re-facing cabinet door and drawers can cost much less than installing new units. You can restore the finish of your stainless steel fridge by cleaning it properly. Try stripping and re-polishing your vinyl tile too. In no time at all, you and the three R’s can work wonders in your kitchen.

Supplies
  • Facuet
  • Energy Efficient Appliances
  • Cleaning Supplies
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Leather furniture looks great, but it can be hard to maintain. Try this: Vacuum thoroughly and be careful not to scratch the leather. Mix a few drops of mild-faced soap with a quart of distilled water until suds form. Dip a soft cloth in the water and ring it out. Test a small hidden area first, then work one section at a time. Dip another cloth in clean distilled water and wipe away the soapy residue. Dry the leather completely, then buff.  Now you’re ready for leather conditioning. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

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Do you know what E-Waste is? E-Waste is electronics that you never use any more; like old TV's, cell phones, and computers. Instead of letting E-Waste clutter your closets, here’s how to get rid of it, the right way. Most communities have special collection days for E-Waste, usually at a local school or dump site. Some charities also sponsor E-Waste pickups at your home; go online to find out when and where. E-Waste is sorted, and mechanically shredded. Reusable metals are removed and recycled. Your closets and the environment will thank you. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

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What does it mean to go green around the house? It can be as basic as using non-toxic paint next time you redecorate your home. Or try eco-friendly products to make your house sparkle without harsh chemicals. You can even make your own by using lemon juice to dissolve soap scum. Vinegar also makes a great natural cleaner; just mix it with water in a spray bottle. Try hanging your laundry to dry outdoors naturally instead of throwing it in the dryer. And don’t forget to use dishcloths in your kitchen and dust cloths around the house. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

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Granite counter tops look great inside your home. Now, you can have the same elegant look outside with a little extra care. Wipe down your outdoor granite surfaces often with dish soap and water. Clean countertops twice a year with a stone clean solution from your local home improvement store. Be sure you never use any product with bleach, ammonia, or harsh abrasives. And seal your granite with a penetrating sealer to prevent stains from setting. Always use a tray under candles. Wipe up oil spills right away. Oil and wax can both stain your countertops. 

Meet the Guest Stars
Antonio Sabato, Jr. | @Antoniosabatojr

Antonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world. 

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which most... (full profile)

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