Is it time for some new window cleaning methods and techniques?  I have recently found some amazing tips from PCH that can really help with window cleaning maintenance.   You may be thinking, wait! Publishers Clearinghouse has window cleaning tips?  Yes, thanks to their tip page, you may find these useful as well.

Cleaning Tips

  • Cornstartch and dishsoap is a great DIY window cleaner concoction, especially if you find you are on a tight budget.  This may be effective on newer windows rather than older windows.
  • Make use of coffee filters other than coffee.  This are known to work better than paper towel when it comes to drying.  With this method you can kiss lint and streaks goodbye.
  • Want another streak-free option?  Old T-Shirts are also great for drying.
  • Newspapers are great for buffing and leaving no streaks after a thorough window washing.
  • Apply some glass wax after cleaning your windows. Allow the glass wax to dry and buff away with one of the drying alternatives above.

You will honestly be suprised by the outcome of these tips.  These are also great for when you are in a hurry and have dinner guests on their way over.

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So it’s been a few years since you painted your walls.  Could it use a touch up?  I found some excellent tips on how this can be achieved effectively without going overboard.  Maybe you have scuffs or paint chips, etc., these tips will help you take care of the problem in a heart-beat.

Touch Up Tips

  • You will want to prime and seal any spots on your wall that will need to be repaired.  Use a latex primer if there is drywall involved.
  • If possible, use the original paint from paint cans.  It’s nearly impossible to find the exact color from the original job.  Always store original paint if there is any leftover from the previous job.
  • You should reduce the paint by about 10 to 15 percent using a reducer per your budget.  Do not add it to the paint can.  Shake or stir the paint first. Poor in a paint tray then poor in the reducer.
  • Whatever painting tool you used for the previous job, be sure to use it again to get effective results.
  • Try to paint in weather conditions like that of the previous paint job.  This will cause the touch up paint to look like the old paint without ugly patches.
  • Apply reduced paint to the center of the touch up area.  This helps in touch up transition.
  • Let the paint dry, then thoroughly examine the job.  Try different lighting, etc., until you are sure the touch-ups were effective and are even and flat.

 

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Are your windows needing some TLC?  Here is a project you can get away easily by doing yourself without the added hassles or headaches.  You most definitely want a room to be vibrant and inviting correct?  Here are some DIY tips and tricks for window treatments that you may find very useful:

  • Considering sheers?  These are translucent and usually used behind drapes or curtains to add a layered look.  Sheers do not block views but add a soft look to your windows.
  • Shop and purchase the drapes and curtains you would like to use on your windows.  Drapes tend to be heavier where curtains are lighter.  Select colors that compliment the colors in whatever room you choose.
  • Rods and Finals can be used with drapes and curtains based on style and color.
  • Blinds are available in solid wood, metal, plastic, or cloth.

After putting all of your choices together, you will have a window treatment that will be not only beautiful but the talk and envy of your guests.

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Hard to reach windows can be a challenge to clean and very unmotivating.  How can they be washed without the added hassles?  Here are some tips to help you clean your hard to reach windows.

 Hard to Reach Window Cleaning Tips

  • A microfiber cloth works great on hard to reach windows.  It’s scrubs off dirt and grime nicely without the additional scrubbing efforts.
  • You could use a jet pack but keep in mind this potentially could make the windows dirtier.  It’s all how you approach the situation.
  • Try using a tool with a cloth on a stick.  The tool is attached to a telescoping pole which makes it easy to attach a cloth like that of a microfiber cloth.
  • You can get two sizes of window washing tools; large and small.

Would you like more information on a tool such as this?  You can visit simplygoodstuff.com for more details.

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Many people go into painting projects without really understanding the importance and usage of the different types of painting tools.  Are both paint brushes and paint rollers really necessary?  Originally, you’d think that using paint rollers would cut the painting time in half.  This is true if you use it correctly and over large flat surfaces.  But what about tight areas along wood beams or narrow areas.  Paint rollers can’t efficiently paint those areas without the use of paint brushes.

Paint Roller Techniques

How can you use paint rollers without leaving those unsightly roller marks?

  • First off, make sure you have a good roll cover.  This is essential part of the rolling setup.
  • Smooth the paint by using horizontal strokes.  If you are a skilled painter most likely you can do this vertically without leaving roller marks.
  • Make sure the paint roll is fully loaded before you go this approach.

Paint Brush Techniques

  • Like the paint roller, you will want to load the paint brush.
  • Apply and distribute paint on the walls stroking left to right or right to left, whatever is comfortable for you.  You want to flex the bristles while cutting in with your strokes for even distribution.
  • For large and flat areas,  you will want to hold the brush on a 45 degree angle.  You can use diagonal and horizontal strokes.
  • To smooth out the paint,  use long and smooth strokes.  At the end of each stroke, lift the paint brush from the surface.  This leaves a feathering affect.

As you can see, there are some slight to major differences between the use of a paint brush and a paint roller.  Once you get the hang of their proper uses, DIY can be a piece of cake!

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If your home possesses a lot of windows, you may find your current challenge is keeping them shiny.  Having bright or glossy windows is always nice when it comes to the appearance of your homes but you most definitely have to maintain this look.

It’s so very easy to just spray on the Windex but then you get possible streaks.  It’s also easy to just use soapy water but yet again streaks and possibly a grimy and faded look.  It’s worth the effort to keep them looking great but how can it be done and effectively?

  • Vinegar poured on a dry cloth helps remove spots, stains, and mineral deposits.
  • Alcohol and sudsing ammonia mixture about 1/2 cup and 2 cups (alcohol), makes a great overall cleaning solution for your windows.  Wash from side to side.  The rubbing alcohol helps prevent streaking.
  • A chamois will effectively dry your windows without any dirty build up.

And there you have it, shiny windows!  Doing this once a week will keep a nice appearance to your windows.  Your windows could potentially be the shiniest in the neighborhood!

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If you have a brick patio in your backyard, you may be curious as how to maintain it’s appearance and usage.  Realistically, maintaining a brick patio is actually easier than one may think.  Here is all you need to get the job done:

  • A bucket
  • Bleach
  • Water

According to eHow are are some effective cleaning and maintenance methods that will keep your brick patio attractive and enjoyable:

  • Sweep away all debris such as dirt and leaves away from your brick patio.  Fill a bucket with 2 cups of bleach and 1 gallon of warm water.  Dip a broom in the mixture and scrub surfaces thoroughly especially to rid mold and mildew.  Rinse the surface and finish scrubbing.  This process can be done only once or twice a year.
  • Spread a thin layer of sand over the bricks to get it in the spaces.  This will prevent water buildup.
  • Inspect cracks for weeds.  You can use a weed killer to keep the weeds from spreading.  Round Up works wonders.

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Window washing your windows can be a challenging task.  What about those second story windows?  This may sound even more challenging than first story windows and quite frankly, a problem.  It can be done believe it or not and without the added headaches.  Here are are few tips that you may find helpful:

  • Use a ladder to remove the screen.  Bring down and wash thoroughly with soapy water.  Give a good rinse.
  • Hang a bucket at the top of the ladder and begin washing the window with a good squeegee.
  • Wash the windows thoroughly and rinse.
  • Replace the screen
  • Clean siding windows from inside the house.
  • Use magnetic squeegees

The magnetic squeegees can be effective for second story windows but they also can leave major streaks if not done properly.  It is just best to use a ladder for the overall job.

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File:Path at Laura Plantation.jpgAre you looking to add a creative look to the exterior of your home?  How about a nice brick walkway?  It can be done but with time, patience and much effort.  It’s an excellent DIY project.  A brick walkway can last for years and does not require a whole lot of maintenance.

  • What you will need to do first is mark the area you would like to lay your bricks.  The best way to do this is to mark the area with spray paint.
  • You will have to excavate the area about six inches.  A skid-steer evaluator is the best tool for this job.
  • You will want to cover the entire area with gravel. 3 inches is best.  A vibrating plate compactor is beneficial for laying the gravel evenly.
  • Now you will want to lay some sort of plastic edging all along the sides of the pathway.  Nail spikes into the plastic.
  • The pathway will need to be filled with bedding sand.  Be sure to level the sand evenly.

Time to lay your bricks….

  • You can lay them in whatever pattern you choose.  A mallet will securely place the bricks.
  • Sweep sand over the area to fill in any cracks.
  • Sweep more sand over the area to complete the project.

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File:Balde.PNGThis is can a very difficult job to manage especially if you have white, off-white, or beige walls.  For certain, dirt can show it’s ugly face and if not properly maintained it can become difficult to keep up with causing the appearance to be very unsightly.  Here are a few tips on how you can keep your painted walls clean all year round.

  • You will first want to remove all dust and cobwebs from the walls using some sort of scrub brush before applying any cleaning solutions.
  • Scrub down any dirt that may have been left behind with a dry sponge.
  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of dish soap.
  • Be sure to have another bucket handy to wring out the dirty elements.  You don’t want to wring dirty water back into your cleaning solution.
  • Dab sponge into the soapy water and spread all over the walls top to bottom.  It’s best to make sure  you have a ladder to help you reach the higher portions of the wall.
  • Try blotting the surface to continue lifting any dirt present.  Try repeating this step so that the wall is covered.
  • Finally, use a dry terry cloth to dry the wall.

Hopefully, these tips will help you manage and maintain clean walls.  It is entirely up to you how often you do this particular task.  Once or twice a month may be helpful.  If you have little ones running around, you may find yourself cleaning them a little more often.

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