As a homeowner, you might always want to keep your house looking at its very best, whether in terms of decoration or cleaning. People usually tackle their home chores ever weekend, and even though there are certain areas and items of your home that must be cleaned evert seven days, there are some others that do not require to be washed or cleaned this often; the following is a compilation of the rooms and elements in your house that you should make sure to clean weekly and other that require monthly maintenance or care. Continue Reading…

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If there is something I really like love about outdoor living spaces is the idea od extending the usable square footage of any home in such a good way that allows homeowners to fully enjoy their property, and also makes backyards serve for even more functional purposes for both homeowners and family. In many cases those purposes are related to creating spaces for general uses or to enhance home’s appeal when the time to show off your property to potential buyers comes.

In addition, attractive exterior spaces can add visual appeal to a lackluster home and can also help smaller home compete better once they are put on the market, base on this I consider that improving your outdoor areas is often quite less expensive than adding interior space to your home, therefore this is a good way to expand your home’s living space with an eye- catching outdoor room that is provided with functional furniture pieces.

Outdoor furniture can flawlessly transform your yard into an incredible outdoor recreational area and since this is a considerable investment you need to make, it is important for you to carefully purchase the proper outdoor set; to accomplish such a significant task, you might want to keep in mind four key words in order to buy good quality outdoor furniture pieces: durability, comfort, easy care and of course style.

Take Good Care Of Your Wood Outdoor furniture

To me wood furniture seems to have a timeless beauty and durability that makes it the perfect choice for both indoor and outdoor settings. It is certainly true that before leaving the factory, most of the wood outdoor furniture is treated with concentrated oils that are able to repel water and also help to protect the material from the elements. However, wood furniture tends to gradually weather to a silver gray color that if you do not treat on time, will make your wood furniture looks terrible. Strive then to apply good quality outdoor furniture oil that you can apply with a soft cloth. For a more durable cleaning, you can lightly sand it after you have cleaned it, be sure to brush always any dust that remains once you have finished and do not forget to oil or paint afterwards, if needed. Lastly, try to regularly wipe down your wood furniture to remove dirt, debris and any excess water, especially throughout the summer.

Take Good Care Of Your Metal Outdoor furniture

The greatest feature of this outdoor furniture material is that does not need too much attention; this strong and practically indestructible option is the most ideal choice for homeowners who want their outdoor furniture to last in the long term. From classic wrought iron to charming bistro pieces, sleek contemporary designs are fairly heavy and thankfully, today’s metal outdoor furniture has the added benefit of a powder- coated finish that helps protect against rust or weather damage. When your metal furniture gets dirty just squirt it off using a non- abrasive wet cloth, you can make a mixture of water and mild dishwashing detergent; on the other hand you can also clean it with a pressure washer, but make sure it is on a low setting in order to avoid using it on more fragile areas such as glass tops. You should also check your metal furniture in order to watch for any areas of rust, especially at the joints and if there is any rust spots, do not panic! Use steel wool, a wire brush and rub down to the bare metal. After you do this, use paint specifically made for metal in order to patch up any spot that you previously sanded. To finish the task, apply a silicone sealant along the entire piece for added protection.

Take Good Care Of Your Plastic Outdoor furniture

Baking soda will be the best solution you will find to add extra cleaning power to your plastic outdoor furniture. Baking soda works as a mild abrasive so you can wipe it with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dishwashing detergent plus a little bit of baking soda. Once you applied the solution, rinse well with a garden hose. In case you are dealing with stains, you can mix 2 tbsp. oxygen bleach/ gallon of water and scrub down the stained spot. If you own white plastic furniture, you can use 1 cup bleach per gallon of water and let it act for 10- 20 minutes before you start rinsing. In case you have colored plastic furniture, use a solution of ¼ cups vinegar to one quart water instead of the bleach and repeat the same procedure.

Take Good Care Of Your Wicker Outdoor furniture

Traditional wicker that has been painted will need a more gentle treatment, by using only a sponge or rag to avoid paint chipping. A soft scrub brush dampened with water a mild oil- based soap will be another good idea; after you apply it you can rinse by hosing down. For maintenance purposes, I recommend you to hose down every few weeks in order to prevent undesirable dirt that builds up in crevices.

Add character to your outdoors; allow yourself the opportunity to express your style and personality not only through natural tones but also with fun colors. Accept the challenge and feel free to customize your outdoor furnishings without forgetting that they need proper and frequent maintenance in order to extend their lifespan. Since your outdoor furniture is the core of your backyard, taking good care of it will be a key factor to have beautiful furniture pieces that perform at their best and also bring family and friends together under an amazing nature’s roof. To determine which type of outdoor furniture best fit your needs, my suggestion would be to make a list base on what will be the main function of your patio, which activities are you willing to develop in it, and also consider whether your future outdoor furniture will be sitting on a hard surface or on grass. You are more than welcome to visit our website and by reviewing our wide variety of outdoor items determine the type of furniture you are looking for…you dream it, we Build it!

Resources:

http://www.improvementscatalog.com/RoomForImprovements/outdoor-furniture-care/

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/decorating/outdoor-living/outdoor-furniture-ready-spring/cleaning-wicker-furniture

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Shower head cleaning not only can allow you to be in control of an optimum hygiene but also allow you to maintain an accurate performance in water spraying. Believe or not, over time mineral deposits can plug up the spray holes and make your shower experience less pleasant and less effective. If you actually happen to enjoy showering time as me. You might not find likeable a showerhead that only covers 75 % of its efficiency. Bath-time can not only might be the only place where you can find a little peace and silent but also it is a place where you take care of your body. Therefore, for this reason, because I personally think that we all deserve and should allow ourselves a me-time but also a clean one, I´ve come with the awareness of sharing a caring time to the appliances that make this possible.

Showerhead Deep Cleaning

In the case you can took off the showerhead

 Remove your shower head by turning it counterclockwise until it comes off the wall pipe. If you are unable to unscrew it by hand, an adjustable wrench can do the job, but first wrap the fixture with a rag to prevent scratching the finish. One you have been able to get your shower head off, pour white vinegar mixed with water to completely submerge the fixture and allow it to hang in the liquid.

Allow your showerhead to soak in the vinegar overnight. The acid in the vinegar should penetrate and dissolve any mineral deposits clogging up the spray holes. Subsequently, remove the shower head from the vinegar the following morning and clean off any loosened mineral with an old toothbrush. If you can, try to give it a try in your kitchen sink in order to assure yourself that the vinegar cleaning has been effective. If so, go back to your bathroom and reinstall your shower head and do not forget to help yourself with some plumbing tape to the threads of the wall pipe, wrapping your shower head counterclockwise. After this we recommend you to take a shower in order to enjoy and for re-checking purposes like leak proof, you might have to tighten your showerhead.

The Bag Fixed Shower head cleaning

Another practical and functional way of cleaning for fixed shower heads is to attach a plastic bag with poured white vinegar, just enough to completely submerge it and then wrap it with a strong rubber band around to keep it securely attached to your wall pipe. Afterwards, allow the fixture to soak in the vinegar overnight. Once you efficiently remove the baggie, run hot water through the showerhead for several minutes to remove the released mineral deposits and vinegar.

Can I use another available kitchen cleaner?

Lemon juice

Green and natural, lemon juice is one of the most reliable cleaner that Mother Nature provides. Lemon has citric acid and  when is combine with salt it becomes a copper and brass cleaner, however you should keep an eye and use it with precaution, because even though can return the light to metals, if left on for a long time cannot washed off well. The other benefit of lemon juice is the cool and fresh odor it adds to surfaces you’re planning to clean.

Ketchup

Do you want to stay tuned with non- abrasive products but also want to avoid vinegar odor? We have found in some cases that Ketchup is one rare option. Believe or not that red sauce you keep into your kitchen cabinet happens to be a great cleaner for copper pots and pans. This is due to the fact that among the ingredients, citric acid is part of these sauces. Acids support cleaning metals because they strip off rust, the dark oxide coating that forms on bare metal surfaces.

Bicarbonate of soda

Commonly known for cleaning, by mixing it with water you can create a mildly alkaline solution that helps dissolve dirt and grease. Acting as a good abrasive, Bicarbonate of soda lifts stains from carpets and removes marks from surfaces without scratching them. Besides avoiding the strong odor of vinegar, this powder, it also can help you neutralize strong odors as well.

What you must not forget when cleaning shower head in your bathroom

Even though nowadays, industry has been able to pull off a wide variety of bathroom cleaning products, harsh cleaning chemicals may damage not only your shower heads but also the covering toilet and sink refinishes, which overtime can be a budget expense. Therefore, besides always opting for the natural products if you cannot avoid purchasing at least one of the manufactured nice aromatized cleaning merchandises, try at least those ones that are not strong in odor or happen to have a long extensive list of chemicals involved.

Last but never least FinishBuild would make emphasize on taking care of you and your skin. Generally, nails can get weak when exposed to chemical and continued water exposure, so remember to wear gloves which not only help you on safeguarding your hands but also would definitely allow you to grip items better .

You dream it. We Build it!

 

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TOP 3 WORST WOOD ENEMIES PROTECT YOUR CHERISHED NEST destacada 300x138 Top 3 Worst Wood Enemies: Protect Your Cherished Nest

Small and fresh conical piles of sawdust in your home? Oh yes dear reader! You are probably having issues with some uninvited guests. Today we have decided to base our article on tiny insects that may cause such damage to your home’s furniture pieces or even floors; we would like to help you identifying them and moreover, give you some solutions you can consider to keep them away from your cherished nest. There is a variety of insects that can damage those pieces of furniture that give your home the look you have always wanted; some of them come to your home to eat wood while others destroy it when they burrow into the wood, leaving small holes or sawdust on the wood’s surface which is one of the first features that will indicate you your wooden structures are being damaged by insects. However, there are some cases where damages are not visible to the naked eye, this is why it is always good idea inspecting those wood areas at home so you can detect the problem in its early stage…better safe than sorry.

Top 3 Worst Wood Enemies

Wood enemies attack its structures, damaging almost any wood product among the possible target these tiny creatures may have there are; wooden pallets, shipping carts, firewood, household items such as picture frames, bamboo products, wicker baskets or furniture and even broom handles. So as you can read, there are important spaces and items in your home you should protect from these insects, that can cause serious damage to your structures and therefore, you will need to invest more time and money in repairing them. The following are 3 of the worst wood enemies we have selected for you to be aware of them.

Powderpost Beetles

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Being the largest group of animals (having about 400,000 species in 500 families), beetles have the basic insect anatomy of head, thorax and abdomen. Most of these beetles are found in homes, they do infest both hardwoods and softwoods. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feeds on the wood, chews a tunnel to the surface over the course of one to five years, this is basically the damage that powderpost beetles cause on your wooden pieces. Powderpost prefer wood in cool locations with considerable moisture levels.

Where can you find the damages caused by these types of beetle? They are often found in floors, planks, paneling, door furniture and molding.

Deathwatch Beetles

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This is a well-known species in Europe; the source of the name is Xestobium rufovillosum. They have given that name because of their habit of tapping on wood to attract a mate. Deathwatch beetles generally infest moist and partly decayed softwood timber. The beetle larvae fill their tunnels with powder that has a slightly gritty texture, just with less coarse that false powderpost beetles. The exit holes are larger than powerpost beetle holes, however the sizes can vary.

Where can you find them? They are more likely to be found in damp buildings or areas with poor drainage or water leaks.

False powderpost beetles

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This type of beetle infests whether hardwoods or some softwoods. Among the main target false powderpost beetles have, tropical timber and bamboo transported in international trade are often the damaged ones. Flooring, paneling furniture and many other hardwood elements are some of the items these beetles attack. Regarding the female false powderpost beetles, it does not lay their eggs on the wood’s surface but bore a space into the wood to lay its eggs in pores or cracks. The larvae pack their tunnels with a distinguished coarse that make them stand from other type of wood borer.

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