Get the dirty job clean: How to clean crayon marks

HouseLogic is always full of great tips for home owners, seller and buyers. This month we’re going to take a look at their advice for getting the worst jobs done. Maybe you can get a neighbor kid to help before school starts or maybe you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy a job well done. Tip 7

#7 Get Rid of Crayon Marks with Goo Gone
Removing evidence of your toddler’s overactive imagination from your gorgeous white walls can be a struggle, but a little bit of Goo Gone (traditionally used to clean sticker residue) will remove the crayon and your headache. Spray it on the drawing, wait a moment, and wipe it off cleanly — without exhausting your arms.

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Get the dirty job clean: How to clean the garage

HouseLogic is always full of great tips for home owners, seller and buyers. This month we’re going to take a look at their advice for getting the worst jobs done. Maybe you can get a neighbor kid to help before school starts or maybe you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy a job well done. Tip 6…

#6 Make Your Leaf Blower Multi-Task to clean the garage
Forget the broom and rags when you’re cleaning out the garage. Whip out your leaf blower and let it blow all the dust, debris, and dead bugs (yuck!) away from the floor and shelving. Just be sure to put away light-weight things could accidentally get blown out with the trash.

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Get the dirty job clean: How to clean the showerhead

HouseLogic is always full of great tips for home owners, seller and buyers. This month we’re going to take a look at their advice for getting the worst jobs done. Maybe you can get a neighbor kid to help before school starts or maybe you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy a job well done. Tip 5…

#5 Tie a Bag of Vinegar Around Your Showerhead
Mineral build-up on your showerhead can cause low water pressure and wonky water streams. But it’s easy to clean them without removing them. Using a rubber band, attach a bag of vinegar to your showerhead, making sure all the holes are submerged in the vinegar, and soak it overnight. Voila . Good as new.

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Get the dirty job clean: How to clean carpet stains

HouseLogic is always full of great tips for home owners, seller and buyers. This month we’re going to take a look at their advice for getting the worst jobs done. Maybe you can get a neighbor kid to help before school starts or maybe you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy a job well done. Tip 4…

#4 Iron Out Bad Carpet Stains
Don’t spend an hour scrubbing out that nasty, set-in carpet splotch. Iron it out instead. Spritz a solution of one part vinegar, three parts water on the stain, and lay a clean cotton cloth on top. Turn your iron to its highest steam setting and run it over the stain for about 10 seconds to transfer the stain to the cloth and off your carpet.

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Get the dirty job clean: How to clean vents

HouseLogic is always full of great tips for home owners, seller and buyers. This month we’re going to take a look at their advice for getting the worst jobs done. Maybe you can get a neighbor kid to help before school starts or maybe you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy a job well done. Tip #3…

#3 Run Floor Vents Through the Dishwasher Scour as you might, removing all the accumulated dirt and dust from your floor and ceiling vents can be a spring cleaner’s nightmare. If yours are made of aluminum or steel, there’s a shortcut to spic-and-span: Just run them through the dishwasher on a water-only cycle.

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Get the dirty job clean: How to clean burners

HouseLogic is always full of great tips for home owners, seller and buyers. This month we’re going to take a look at their advice for getting the worst jobs done. Maybe you can get a neighbor kid to help before school starts or maybe you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy a job well done. Tip…

#2 Soak Stove Burners in Ammonia
Your stove burners take the bulk of the greasy, gunky mess during cooking, so do them a favor and give them a good cleaning. Don’t worry: No scrubbing involved. To clear the crud, combine your stove burners and 1/4 cup ammonia in a plastic bag and let sit overnight. They should come clean with a light sponge the next day

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Get the dirty job clean: How to clean the tub

HouseLogic is always full of great tips for home owners, seller and buyers. This month we’re going to take a look at their advice for getting the worst jobs done. Maybe you can get a neighbor kid to help before school starts or maybe you can roll up your sleeves and enjoy a job well done. Tip #1…

#1 Break Out the Drill on Your Bathtub
Cleaning a grungy tub can be back-breaking work. But here’s a genius idea that’ll save you time and sweat: Use your drill. Simply attach a scrubby (or a foam ball polishing attachment if you happen to have one) and use it to do the scrubbing for you. Look in the automotive section for the attachment, which is made specially for tackling grime without scratching surfaces.

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Summer House Owner Tip: Don’t Pile Firewood Next to Your Exterior Wall

HouseLogic is one of our favorite publications. They offer great tips for finding, buying, owning and then selling your home. Over the summer, we’re going to try to post easy, breezy tips for you to consider. Nothing too taxing – just ideas to take on or small tasks to do while you enjoy the sun or an open window. All of the tips are from HouseLogic.

Today’s tip – g Firewood Next to Your Exterior Wall

Your fireplace is the highlight of your home. You love it. That’s why you keep your firewood right outside the back door, for easy access.

Oops. Storing firewood against your home’s exterior walls is akin to opening a B&B for termites.

In fact, “anything that creates a dark, climate-controlled area near the house will invite termites” and other pests into your home, Markanich says.

In one of the worst termite cases he’s seen, he found an enormous termite colony on an exterior wall in a bathroom, which got its foothold in a pile of bricks outside.

Twenty feet is a safe distance from home for firewood — and still not too far to go to fuel your awesome fireplace.

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Summer House Owner Tip: Don’t Over-Mulch

HouseLogic is one of our favorite publications. They offer great tips for finding, buying, owning and then selling your home. Over the summer, we’re going to try to post easy, breezy tips for you to consider. Nothing too taxing – just ideas to take on or small tasks to do while you enjoy the sun or an open window. All of the tips are from HouseLogic.

Today’s tip – Over-Mulching

Nothing feels closer to giving your home a hug than being elbow deep in a landscaping project. But when it comes to mulch (which is so great, for so many reasons), it turns out elbow deep is a little too much love.

A layer thicker than 3 inches can suffocate plants and prevent water from reaching roots, so spread thoughtfully.

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Summer House Owner Tip: Over-Sealing Countertops

HouseLogic is one of our favorite publications. They offer great tips for finding, buying, owning and then selling your home. Over the summer, we’re going to try to post easy, breezy tips for you to consider. Nothing too taxing – just ideas to take on or small tasks to do while you enjoy the sun or an open window. All of the tips are from HouseLogic.

Today’s tip – Over-Sealing Countertops

Take care of your countertop, but don’t smother the darn thing.

Applying sealant too frequently can create a cloudy or streaky appearance on surfaces like natural stone, concrete, butcher block, and glass, which typically only require occasional resealing to resist stains. (Quartz, laminates, and solid surfaces like Corian are best left sans-sealer.)

How to know it’s time to reseal? Drip some water on a high-use area of the countertop. If the water doesn’t remain beaded after 15 minutes, consider resealing.

But always defer to your manufacturer’s recommendations. Different materials can have different needs.

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