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We hope you enjoyed watching HGTV’s Kimberly Lacy and got some good tips for making a clean start this spring. In case you didn’t catch her on TV, here’s what you missed:
Maintaining Your Lawn
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Find out more by visiting www.startyourenginesus.com
Freshening Your Laundry
All spring cleaning starts with switching out fall/winter clothes for spring/summer. Go ahead and sort pieces that you haven’t been wearing and those that need a lot of repair. Put them in either a toss or donate pile. For the rest that have been packed away all winter…Toss them in the laundry and add 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda®. It makes your liquid detergent work harder, because it creates a better balance of pH in the wash to get clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter. Plus, it’s available in a 13.5 lb re-sealable pouch size, which makes it an easy additive for every wash load.
Baking Soda is one of the most versatile products you can have at home. It has countless uses, including hard surface cleaning, deodorization and outdoor cleaning. Use it to freshen your carpets, clean the bathroom floor and kitchen surfaces, wash patio furniture and scrub door and window screens. And, it’s very inexpensive; a 1 lb. box will cost you about $1.
Find out more tips by visiting www.armandhammer.com
Protecting Your Home
One of the most important targets on your spring cleaning list might be lurking in a musty corner of your basement. Most of us prefer not to think we share the inside and outside of our homes with mold and mildew, but the reality is that mold can strike any home, new or old, in any area, dry or arid. In addition to the unwanted odor, appearance and structural damage it creates, 100 percent of all types of mold have the potential to cause some health issue, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
It is important to use a mold growth inhibitor, like Zep Commercial® Clear Shell™. This product differs from others on the market because it uses Chitosan, a by-product of recycled crab shells, which effectively combats mold and mildew growth without exposing the user or environment to harsh ingredients like butyl, bleach or phosphates. This active ingredient also helps eliminate the foul, musty odors from mold and mildew. The proper application of Zep Commercial Clear Shell dries to form an invisible antimicrobial barrier against mold and mildew growth on indoor and outdoor surfaces including wood, carpet, concrete, stone, stucco, vinyl, plastic and more.
Zep Commercial Clear Shell is available in 32-ounce and one-gallon containers, which can cover approximately 67 square-feet and 270 square-feet respectively. You can buy it at home improvement retailers and hardware stores nationwide.
Have the Right Tools:
Some spring sprucing projects may require you to climb to higher heights. If you’re cleaning windows, painting or even clearing gutters, the traditional 16’ extension ladder may prove difficult to work with. Check out the new Compact Extension Ladder from Werner. This ladder lets 16′ extension ladders go where they have never gone before – around corners, through doors, in elevators and through narrow stairwells! Its 6’ compact size provides the ideal solution for transporting
ladders and storing them in tight spaces at home–in a closet, garage or shed. These new ladders provide the same reach as a standard extension ladder, but in a compact, easy to use design without compromising the quality, safety and reach of a traditional 2-piece extension ladder.
In the closed position, the 3-piece design makes the Compact Ladder 20%-25% shorter than standard 2-piece extension ladders making it
easier to transport and maneuver. The compact design with carrying handle also stores easily when not in use. Additionally, in the extended position, more overlapping rung locations provide improved working comfort.
Developed for homeowners and DIY-ers, the Type II, 225 lb Compact Aluminum Extension Ladder features a 16’ model. Another advantage is that the 16′ ladder can be delivered directly to end users through standard shipping carriers.
Pricing for the Compact 3-Piece Aluminum Extension ladder starts at $149.00.
For more information about Werner’s Compact Extension Ladders visit http://us.wernerco.com/compactextensionladder.
Additional Spring Sprucing Tips
• For a quick mailbox spruce up, sand down the old rust, get a can of spray paint and give it a new color. It’s always best to match the mailbox post to the trim of your house. And don’t forget to replace the rusted flag with a brand new one for just $5 bucks.
• One really cool tip is to paint the ceiling of your porch or any outdoor structure a sky blue. This confuses birds and insects into thinking it’s the sky so they won’t nest in those areas. It will also stay cleaner longer.
• Touch up the baseboards in your house for that extra-crisp clean look. If you’re really feeling motivated, touch up the exterior trim with a coat of the same color exterior trim paint.
• Replace those house number stickers with real metal or iron number appliqués. They look richer and actually make a big difference and add to your home’s curb appeal.
• If you’re struggling with what to do with that ugly 1980’s brass chandelier in your diningroom, visit a local crafts store and get some model car spray paint. A vivid and bold color can make it into a chic showpiece. Your friends will be totally jealous!
• Run the washing machine and dishwasher only when full. Washing machines use a lot of water and energy and you’d be surprised at how much more water is used when hand washing.
• Before planting a tree in your yard, consider the size of the tree and the space you’re going to plant the tree in. Look at the tag hanging on the tree to find out what the tree will measure when it matures. You never want your house to be hidden behind humongous trees.
• Update and bring style to your kitchen by adding a tile backsplash. It’s sure to make your kitchen look expensive and complete while protecting your wall. Oil and water splatters can actually discolor walls. A tile Backsplash is a DIY project with minimal technique required.
• If you are a person who likes change and surrounding yourself with color, choose neutral colors for your walls andfurniture. Keep up with design color trends with throw pillows, rugs and other accessories. This way your home’s decor will never go out of style.
• Update the look of your terra cotta pots. Use a high gloss latex paint to cover the pots and choose your favorite colors from the current year’s color forecast to keep your home in style.
• Add a wow factor and coordinate the colors in your space by customizing store-bought drapes or panels. You can sew wide ribbon horizontally 4 -5 inches above the bottom of the drapes. You can also use an openwork fabric like lace so that the color of the drapes shows through the added layer.
• Clear your mind and clear your clutter. Tons of clothes crowding your closet? Ask yourself this question: When was the last time I wore this? If it was two years ago, toss it! One cool way to get rid of clothes is to take them to a consignment shop, where you can make a few bucks.
• If paper is your clutter culprit, open your mail, recycle envelopes and junk mail immediately. Go through the paper, put it in a filing system or trash it.
• If you plan to go green in your yard and want to use less water, consider low-maintenance and drought-tolerant plants, such as ornamental grasses and succulents. Install rain barrels at the downspouts, and water your plants and gardens with the collected rain water. Visit www.frontgate.com or Gardeners Supply at www.gardeners.com for several rain barrel styles and sizes.
• Keep yard pests out of your flower beds by creating a barrier of citrus peels around the border of your space. The acidic citrusy smell wards off most furry friends…dogs and cats included.
• Tired of stubborn weeds and need to kill ‘em for good. Mix two tbsp of dish washing liquid, two tbsp of gin and two tbsp of white vinegar per 1 qt. of water. Pour in a spray bottle and spray those weeds away.