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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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A Will Was the Best Gift My Parents Ever Gave Me

My Parents Made a Will When They Were in Their 40s My dad was a planner.  He went to his attorney when he was in his 40s and made a will.  When he told me and my two brothers about this we thought ew, who wants to talk about that.  My mom sent us each a letter with the name and address…

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Summer Safety for Your Dog

The Dog Days of Summer Have Arrived I watched the local news last night and it is clear that we find ourselves right in the midst of the hottest part of Summer.  For the next week or so, the actual temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s with the heat index well over 100.  Of course my first…

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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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