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Limescale Cleaning

Limescale cleaning

Pierre
BTG Store 151

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.

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Bedroom Update

Bedroom Update

Karen,
BTG Store 151

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!

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DIY Cleaning Tips

DIY Cleaning Tips

Karen
BTG Store 151

The great thing about the internet, is there are so many great ideas. The bad thing is, who has enough time to sort through all of the ideas. Luckily, I have a few of the best spring cleaning ideas – that I have tried out myself!

– Cleaning the mattress – Remove all of the sheets/blankets and vacuum the top. When you have finished, cover the entire mattress with baking soda – it removes any moisture, and minimizes any smells that have settled in – and leave it there for two hours. After two hours, vacuum off the layer, and it will be refreshed! If you like the scent of lavender, mix in a few drops of lavender essential oil with the baking soda before spreading it and you will be left with a fresh scent!

– Microwave – Of course, we all wipe down our microwave after using, but for a deep clean, fill a bowl with equal parts water and vinegar and microwave it for two minutes. When you open it, wipe down the insides and everything will easily come off. For a fresh smell, microwave a bowl of water with lemon juice for another few minutes, and get it smelly lemony fresh.

– Blinds – Instead of using a duster – grab a sock – and create a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water – it will help the dust come off quickly and easily, without creating a mess.

– Stainless Steel Appliances & Pans – Mix together some cream of tartar, and water, and grab a sponge. For really built in grime, let the mixture sit for awhile, and when you go back to wipe it down, it will clean right off!

– George Foreman – Something else we always wipe down, and might need a spring clean. But a simple way to clean it is to turn it on, wet a paper towel, and close it for a couple of moments (do not leave it alone!). When you remove the paper towel, wipe it down, and it will be as good as new!

– Kitchen Cabinets – One of my favorites! Create a paste with vegetable oil and baking soda, and a sponge. Wipe down the cabinets – use a toothbrush for hard to reach areas – and it will restore the shine in your dingy cabinets!

All in all, most of these are ideas you can do with simple household products you already have. It’s amazing all of the things baking soda can do! Happy Cleaning!!

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Spring Cleaning is Here

Spring Cleaning!

Karen
BTG Store 151

Everyone dreads the spring cleaning. There is a rarely a person you will find that wants to set aside an entire day to clean! Over the years, I have come up with a few ways to break down the task so that it does not seem as daunting. One of the good things about breaking it up is that you don’t need to find an entire day to do it, and if you have help – you can delegate a lot easier!

For starters, break down the tasks as inside vs outside. If you are sharing duties – that’s one of the easiest way to split the job in half. If not splitting the task, it gives you an easy way to divide your time – as much or as little as you might have. Another great idea is rather to divide it even further – so if you have just an hour before work, or an hour when you get home at the end of the night – you can tackle on chore.

For example – spend one hour dusting the entire house, or one hour washing all of the windows. When you have more time – wash the curtains, clean the bedding. Another time – clean the floors, or clean the baseboards. Another time, clean the blinds – whether you have to take them down and dust, or are planning on cleaning them in place. Use one hour to clean the appliances, or deep clean the bathroom.

Unfortunately, the hardest part of my plan – is the planning! Writing out a check list of tasks is the most important part of accomplishing what you set out to do. So, take your first hour you are going to invest into cleaning, and break it all down. Walk through your house, inside and out, area by area, and room by room. Once you have this checklist – hang it up somewhere you can’t avoid, and get to work! And – tidbit of advice, once you make the list, keep a copy for next year – then you can skip step one!!

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Spring’s Here!

By Karen E.

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April’s finally over.  It seems that it finally took winter with it.  And after the snow storms week after week this winter, it is finally time to enjoy the sun.  All of the snow is finally gone, and the fresh mulch has been laid – there are even some flowers finally starting to bloom!

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SPRING FLING!

By: Asha

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With spring in the air, and renovation
s on the go a great way to spruce up a room is changing the wall colour, accesories, and the blinds. This season floral patterns are all the lastest trend, whether it’s clothing or decor. Choosing a neutral ballet pattern in a window treatment, will

simply enhance the space. Updating the walls to a fresh color will make all the difference. If you want to create a bold look in your space throw in a pop of colour by adding an accent wall or bright floral toss cushions to your sofa.

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Decorating Tips for the Spring

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By: Ashley

Are you remodeling or repainting this spring? Here are some great tips!

 

Anytime you are remodeling, make sure to save a sample piece and have it on you when you are shopping for décor! Set aside an extra piece of tile from your floor, wall or backsplash. Get a sample of your new granite countertop. Stain a piece of wood in the color you used. Save a piece of the molding or wallpaper you just put up. And absolutely have a sample of your paint colors!

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Insulating Shades For A New Look And Temperature

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Now that my children have moved out for good, I am left with an empty back bedroom. No furniture, no window treatments, nothing. I have big plans for finally creating my in home office with this new available space. Sadly, I have been avoiding the room since the kids moved out because the temperature in the room is often unbearable. The windows are old and the air comes through every seam. So in the winter it is freezing, and in the summer it is stifling. After looking into the cost of new windows and installation, I backed away from that idea.

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