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Your Fireplace Needs Regular Care

Fireplace Advice It’s August.  The temperature today is probably going to break 90 degrees.  But Fall is just around the corner and with it will come cool days and crisp nights.  You will be lighting your fireplace for the first time of the season.  There is nothing that makes a home seem more welcoming than a roaring fire.  It is…

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Caring for All Kinds of Lenses

What All Lenses Have In Common A lens may be made of glass, plastic or some space age material.  This will be true no matter where they are found: eyeglasses, binoculars or cameras. In addition, some lenses have coatings to improve their optics.  Dust is the enemy of every lens.  It consists of silica, among other materials.  Think of silica as microscopic…

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How to Clean Walls of All Kinds

How to Clean Walls With Wallpaper It’s pretty easy to totally forget that from time to time, you need to clean the walls that surround you. Every month or two give wallpapered walls a gentle brush down with a soft duster or vacuum attachment.  Wallpaper is quite fragile so be careful.  A microfiber cloth can do a fine job as…

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Chores To Do Before Your Housecleaners Come

You Finally Hired a Housecleaner For years you have been spending every weekend cleaning your house.  You have passed on tennis matches, days at the beach and family picnics.  You have spent all day Friday at work thinking about the cleaning you must do on Saturday. Maybe you tried assigning chores to the kids and spouse but that didn’t work out very…

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Cleaning Windows Includes More Than Just Glass

When Cleaning Windows, Begin With the Perimeter Your windows are not just the glass panes.  Consider your windows to also include things like draperies, blinds and shades, and surrounding woodwork.  You probably don’t include your window treatments in your weekly cleaning regimen.  Give the drapes a good sniff.  They collect dust, smoke and pet hair over time.  When you find…

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Allergens in Bed Linens Can Be Controlled By Proper Care

Bed Linens Require Proper Laundering We clean our homes about once a week on average to remove dust and other allergens and create a healthy home.  Our bodies slough off dead skin cells naturally and that is part of what makes up dust.  Dust also contains dust mites which are microscopic organisms that feed on skin cells.  A dust mite is a…

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