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Ryobi Pressure Washer

Ryobi Pressure Washer

A pressure washer makes quick cleaning of driveways, decks, siding, windows and more.

Preparing For A Garage Sale, Part I: Decluttering

Preparing For A Garage Sale, Part I: Decluttering

A couple weeks ago I had a garage sale. I dreaded the thought of cleaning out my house for the months leading up to the big date but I knew it needed to be done. It had come to the point where everything was bugging me, from my messy T-shirt […]

How To Clean Up Your BBQ Grill

How To Clean Up Your BBQ Grill

Give your bbq grill a quick clean after each use and it will last you for years.

An Artist’s Tips For Cleaning Paintbrushes

An Artist’s Tips For Cleaning Paintbrushes

It’s amazing the places you can pick up DIY tips from. If you pay attention, you can learn all sorts of tricks and hacks from seemingly unrelated places. Take for instance, middle-school art class. We had the fortune of being instructed by an art preservationist who specialized in restoration and […]

Prepping a Clawfoot Tub For Refinishing

Prepping a Clawfoot Tub For Refinishing

The first step in our great tub refinishing project was prep work — dismantling the tub as much as possible so we could address each issue separately, without potential damage to any other component. Also, clean the everloving bejeebus out of it because after three years of storage and however […]

How to Clean a Chimney

How to Clean a Chimney

Fireplaces have been getting a bad rap lately as they are to blame for pollution, losing heat, and being an overall hazard, but some of us still love the sound, feel and smell of a wood burning fireplace. One of the main issues with a wood fireplace is the build […]

Before Renovating, Put This On Your To-Do List

Before Renovating, Put This On Your To-Do List

So you’re planning for a renovation — congratulations! You’re probably up to your neck in sketches, plans, samples, swatches and other necessary materials. But before you proceed with the actual work, make sure you accomplish this crucial first step: purge. Annie Selke documented her home’s renovation through a monthly column […]

Hints for Painting Clean Up With a Septic System

Hints for Painting Clean Up With a Septic System

It’s a joy to live in the country, isn’t it? Um, except when you’ve just completed a painting project and it’s time for clean up. Because the delicate balance of biological elements in your septic tank can be severely upset by paint, cleaning your brushes, rollers and even your hands […]

Painting Vinyl Siding the Right Way

Painting Vinyl Siding the Right Way

Obviously vinyl siding doesn’t require the maintenance and paint that traditional wood siding does but if you aren’t satisfied with the color can you still paint it? The answer is yes but you need to clean the siding with a general household cleaner (like Simple Green) beforehand to remove all […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Living Rooms

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Living Rooms

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]

A Mop Showdown

A Mop Showdown

Despite their simple use, not all mops are created equal. The New York Times takes 15 mops to task and reviews and rates them based on tests on three surfaces — sealed hardwood, ceramic tile and linoleum — using a bucket of warm, soapy water or the cleaning solution that […]

Keyboard Cleaning Blob

Keyboard Cleaning Blob

One of the most low-tech but effective products we saw at CES this year was the Cyber Clean. It was marketed as a keyboard and desk cleaner but can be used to clean any item that may have hard to reach crevices such as auto air-conditioner vents, printer buttons, phone […]

Detergent Decisions & Dishwasher Loading Tips

Detergent Decisions & Dishwasher Loading Tips

One things for sure. Almost everyone uses more detergent in their dishwashers and laundry machines than is needed. Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to determine the optimal amount of detergent needed to clean a load of dishes and today’s high efficient machines do an excellent job of cleaning dishes. […]

Refrigerators Still Not Self-Cleaning, That’s Your Job

Refrigerators Still Not Self-Cleaning, That’s Your Job

The Wall Street Journal recently raised an interesting point. Why don’t we clean our refrigerators more? According to them most Americans clean their fridges only once or twice a year. Yes, we’re guilty as charged but it seems to be an case of ignorance is bliss because if we really […]

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

Restore Hardwood Floors to Mint Condition

CES is all about the gadgets and this automated hardwood floor cleaner certainly fits the bill. The Mint automatic floor cleaner works with popular cleaning clothes such as Swiffer or Pledge. You simply install the cloth of your choice, turn the unit on and let it run. It will go […]

5 Steps to Prep Your Wall Before You Paint

5 Steps to Prep Your Wall Before You Paint

Prepping your wall and work area before you paint is vital to your final results. Your paint surface must be clean and your work area clear. You must also tape off any areas you do not want paint to drip on or brush over. Here are 5 steps to prep […]

Clean Your Concrete

Clean Your Concrete

The concrete that makes up your driveway, sidewalk, garage floor, and pathways needs periodical cleaning to remove any excess oils, dirt, debris, and moss that can build up quickly over a short period of time.

Removing Pet Urine Stink and Stains from Wood Floors

Removing Pet Urine Stink and Stains from Wood Floors

This homeowner had to go the extreme route of completely removing the wood floors and subflooring to rid their home of dog urine smell. Apparently the previous owners had tenants who had left dogs inside for weeks with no place to go but inside and on the floors.