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June 23, 2020

Quick Summer Cleaning Tips

Quick Summer Cleaning Tips

Simplify Summer Cleaning to Reduce the Summer Hustle

The first day of summer are upon us and with the sun and fun, you can use these quick and easy cleaning tips to check some things off your to-do list.

With heat and humidity comes stinky trash. Sprinkle the bottom of your garbage cans with baking soda to help eliminate the stink.

Place half a lemon in a bowl of water and place in the microwave. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. The steam will help loosen the grime and it will be easy to wipe clean.

Prevent mildew in your washing machine. Run an empty washing machine load with hot water and then leave the door open so it can dry out.

Use your dishwasher to its full potential! Place dirty rubber flip flops, baseball caps, non-electric plastic or rubber toys, or refrigerator shelves in the dishwasher and run a cycle.

Dust your ceiling fans with a pillow case. Place the open end of the pillowcase over the blades and pull dust off into the pillowcase. Voila, dust contained!

Change your air filters! Increased use of the AC will mean you’ll need to change out your air filters to keep your system running efficiently.

Don’t forget the swimsuits! Rinse with cold water and air dry after each use to get the longest life from your suits.

 

 

The first day of summer are upon us and with the sun and fun, you can use these quick and easy cleaning tips to check some things off your to-do list.

With heat and humidity comes stinky trash. Sprinkle the bottom of your garbage cans with baking soda to help eliminate the stink.

Place half a lemon in a bowl of water and place in the microwave. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. The steam will help loosen the grime and it will be easy to wipe clean.

Prevent mildew in your washing machine. Run an empty washing machine load with hot water and then leave the door open so it can dry out.

Use your dishwasher to its full potential! Place dirty rubber flip flops, baseball caps, non-electric plastic or rubber toys, or refrigerator shelves in the dishwasher and run a cycle.

Dust your ceiling fans with a pillow case. Place the open end of the pillowcase over the blades and pull dust off into the pillowcase. Voila, dust contained!

Change your air filters! Increased use of the AC will mean you’ll need to change out your air filters to keep your system running efficiently.

Don’t forget the swimsuits! Rinse with cold water and air dry after each use to get the longest life from your suits.

 

Posted in Home Maintenance
June 10, 2020

Hard flooring differences- Which is right for you?

Wood Laminate or Luxury Vinyl Tile: Which Is Right for You ...

Now-a-days it can be hard to know what type of flooring is in a home your buying just by looking at it. Many new hard flooring types have the look of hardwoods. So if the look is the same, what is the difference in installation and maintenance? We're here to give you a little insight.

Hardwood Flooring

Solid hardwood flooring is made of flooring boards that are solid hardwood material through-and-through. The boards, usually 3/4-inch thick, are generally milled with a smooth top surface and tongue-and-groove edges that interlock to hold the boards together. They are usually installed by nailing the boards to the subfloor. If the boards are unfinished, the floor is stained and varnished once the installation is complete. However, prefinished solid hardwood flooring is increasingly used.

 

Hardwood flooring can last a lifetime—or even longer. Unusual circumstances, though, like flooding, can render a hardwood floor worthless if rescue attempts come too late. Hardwood likely will need to be recoated or refinished occasionally, depending on wear and care. Periodic resealing is recommended, and when the damage becomes severe, the floor can be sanded down and refinished. Hardwood flooring is best cleaned with dry methods. 

 

 

Laminate Flooring

Laminate Flooring is made from wood byproducts bonded together with resins. The top surface is a hard, transparent plastic wear layer that covers the printed design layer. 

Virtually all laminate flooring uses a fiberboard core. Because this core is a wood product, it will soften and swell if it is exposed to water. The fiberboard core will not resume its original dimensions after it has dried. Additionally, the wear and design layers sometimes peel away after the core has become waterlogged. Laminate flooring is durable and low-maintenance. However, laminate flooring's many layers may eventually delaminate over time or if it is exposed to water for too long. Once laminate's top wear layer is scratched, it cannot be repaired. Laminate flooring is best cleaned first with dry methods, such as with a dry mop or broom. 

Luxury Vinyl Plank-

Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) are made of 100% synthetic material with a core layer and a backing. Older forms of vinyl flooring may have a fabric or felt backing that is not waterproof. But newer vinyl flooring are made of 100-percent polymer materials. Luxury vinyl flooring can be fully immersed in water for long periods, dried out, and then reused, completely unaffected. Vinyl flooring is a supremely durable, low-maintenance flooring, thus the industry term resilient flooring. 

Luxury Vinyl Planks can be easily cleaned with wet methods.

 

Information borrowed from The Spruce.com

 

May 20, 2020

Delaware Parks

Social Distancing in State Parks

Delaware Parks offer a wide array of walking and hiking trails from inland wooded areas to beach side exploring. We’ve put together a list of both state and county parks, including how to access each during these COVID-19 times, across the state for you to enjoy.

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Posted in Recreation
May 11, 2020

Planting a Vegetable Garden during Quarantine

You may have seen that many people are taking this time at home to plant a garden, and maybe you should, also! Why? Not only does it beautify your immediate surroundings, gardening also helps reduce stress and improve mood, according to studies. And if you’re going to put in the effort why not also reap the rewards? Let’s talk vegetable gardens.

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Posted in Home & Garden
April 21, 2020

Household Items that Double as Cleaning Supplies

 

You may have noticed that many of the household cleaning supplied that you rely on are a bit hard to find these days. Try some of these cleaning techniques with household items you probably already have laying around! (We’ve intentionally left out things like rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide which so make great cleaners as well, however, are equally hard to find at the moment.)

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April 7, 2020

Delaware Furniture Stores by County

Delaware’s retail furniture stores offer pieces for every customer. From high end to low, modern to antiques and everything in between. We’ve listed some of the state’s best furniture stores by county for you below.

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Posted in Home & Garden
March 30, 2020

Golf Course Communities

Delaware offers some great golf course communities featuring beautiful homes and amenities. We’ve listed some neighborhoods on or near some of the First State’s golf courses. Many golf course communities in the state are active adult communities however, you can still find family friend golfing communities in each county.

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July 18, 2018

12-Point Pool Maintenance Checklist

When the sun is high in the sky and the wind feels like a blow dryer on your face, there's nothing like the blessed cool blue of your private pool.  If you've only just recently become a pool owner, you may be weighing your options:  should you hire someone to juggle your pool chores or can you do this one yourself?  Taking care of a  pool isn't hard, provided you've got a checklist to follow (just so you don't miss a step).

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April 9, 2018

How to get the perfect spring curb appeal!

Whether you’re planning to place your house on the market to sell and want to spruce up your curb appeal or you are just wanting to maintain your beautiful yard and home, get a head start with these important spring preparations:

Clear debris & bust clutter:

“Clutter,” of course, is in the eye of the beholder, so think of it this way: Buyers need to imagine your home as their own, with their possessions and their style. Go for a clean, streamlined look. Tips for doing this around your home include: Spend some time clearing away any debris that has accumulated over the winter months, including trash, broken branches, leaves, dead plants, etc. Clean and scrub pathways and surfaces and remove winter coverings from plants or equipment. Remove bikes, skateboards, trash cans, garden tools and other evidence of bustling family life.

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Nov. 29, 2017

Is Your Driveway Prepared for Winter?

It's January and winter is in full swing!  With a cold snap upon us and a huge winter storm threatening the East Coast, I thought it would be appropriate to ask, "Have you prepared your driveway yet?".  As a part of your home that sees constant activity all year long, your driveway requires some extra love to keep it healthy through the colder months.  Check out these tips below to help prepare your driveway for 'Old Man Winter'.

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Posted in Home Maintenance