Limescale Cleaning

Limescale cleaning

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Limescale is a mineral deposit that builds up on faucet, toilets, sinks and even blinds, it is a nuisance but easy to get rid off. You will need heavy duty cleaning gloves, brush, vinegar, and bucket, and borax, and last a spray bottle. All can be found at a local hardware stores or the super market  at a low cost.

The first step is to wear the rubber gloves to protect your hands. To get rid of the lime deposits soak the sponge in white undiluted  vinegar and apply a generous amount on all flat surface with the lime deposit.

To unclog a shower head first remove it from the hook on the wall and place the head in a bucket, then fill the bucket with enough vinegar to cover the shower head for five to ten hours. Next rinse with hot water and reattach.

To get rid of limescale in the toilet, first drain the toilet bowl and then pour in full cup of vinegar and full cup of borax. Leave the mix for four hours before scrubbing with a toilet brush.Vinegar can also act as a preventative by adding some in the toilet tank.

Next step is to fill a spray bottle with half a cup of water and half a cup of vinegar, great for aluminum blinds that are hung inside of a shower. Apply a generous amount on each slats and repeat for the other side of the blind, rinse and wipe dry with a clean towel.

Bedroom Update

Bedroom Update

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Once you finish the boring task of spring cleaning – tackle a fun project! One thing that is always fun is a makeover – but instead of making over yourself – chose a room in your house that you would like to redo! One of the easiest rooms to change without too much investment is a bedroom. Of course, as in any project, you can spend as much or as little as you would like, but in a bedroom, a few small changes go a long way.

For starters – your bedding. Maybe you are just tired of your sheets, maybe you have had enough of the comforter as well – but this is a great place to start and set the tone for the room. Chose a color or pattern that you really like and would want to base the décor of the room around. It is usually easiest to start with the bedding and move from here. A few tips to keep in mind – how much pattern/color can the room handle – depending on the size of the room and the bed – you want to think of the impact the color you choose will have. You can go as bold as you want to brighten the place up, or as simple as you might like, and create more of a zen escape.

From there, tackle the window treatments. Depending on the projects budget, you can replace the blinds/shades in the room – might be time to invest in some blackout shades that will allow you to sleep in on the weekend. (Remember its always best to keep your hard window treatments neutral, and you can always decorate around them). If you are looking to keep the project a little less expensive, invest in some new curtains that match to the to the color or feel of the new bedding.

The next step would be to focus on accessories. Little trinkets can be used to make a big impact on the appearance of the room. Lamps can be put on the end tables. Jewelery boxes can bring in the accent color on your dresser. Candles can bring color to a dark area. Flowers are a great way to bring in a color (depending on the style of the room).

It is always a good time to take a look around and assess if there is anything old that needs to be discarded or donated – remember your trash might be someone else’s treasure! Just have fun with the project – whether it is your room or the guest room, make it a room that you want to spend time in!

Spring Decor

Spring Decor

Time to brighten up your décor! Spring is finally here, the snow is gone, and it’s time to bring the bright colors and sunshine back into your house!!

You can officially take down all of the heavy drapery, and all of the other “keep warm” solutions you had hung on your windows. If you feel like bringing in some color, grab some fun patterned or printed curtain panels – that just hang stationary on the sides of the windows – and don’t block out the view. The trend for 2016 is pattern – floral patterns are extremely popular, and bright bold colors.

Also time to put away all of the heavy blankets, from the beds and in the living areas. Put them away for the spring/summer, and take out the lighter weight ones. If you need new ones, make sure to grab colorful, light weight designs – that serve more as decoration than warmth. It is always a good time of year to grab some new throw pillows – this is an easy way to bring in the trend of the year without making a big investment in the décor.

Try to bring the outside inside. Not just through colorful patterns, but bring in some flowers or plants. Take inventory of the plants you have left from last year – if they are just barely hanging on – bring the old ones outside – sometimes they come back to life when they are outside. Ask at the store – some variety of plants are far less maintenance than others – don’t get anything that will require too much upkeep! It’s also a great time of year to pick up some flowers and fill the vases that sat empty all winter.

It’s always amazing how small changes can make a huge impact at this time of the year. And my favorite part of spring is it’s all about color! You’ll see it when you are shopping for new spring clothes, so why now dress up your house while you are at it!!