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Cleaning The Soft Dust From Home Improvement ProjectHave you ever do a home improvement or construction project to your house? Whether it is in a large scale project or even just a small improvement project, surely there will be piles of fine dust from the project that scattered all over the place, even at furthest area from the project.

These dusts usually are so soft and light, so it will require a lot of effort and time to get rid of it completely. To save the amount of time and effort to clean it, there are few methods to help you clean your home from these dusts such as;

Do not try to sweep those dusts

Sweeping those light dusts will only make them more scattered all over the place. This is because the dust is so light, it will fly in to the air even with slightest touch. It will be like playing tags with the dust.

Of course if there larger debris from the project such as some parts from the wood, plaster, stone or other material from the project, you will need to sweep them to clean the area. But, do not try to sweep the remaining soft dust immediately after you have disposed the large debris. So, you need to let those dusts are settle few moments before you remove them.

Use vacuum cleaner to suck up the dust

Using vacuum to remove the soft dust is more effective than using broom to sweep those dusts. Vacuum every surface of the floor, furniture, windows and door’s frames using the vacuum’s small attachment.

Use a damp cloth after vacuuming

Vacuumed thoroughly on every surface of object that is in the area including the vertical surface of every object. After you have vacuum the soft dust from the surface of every object in the area and the floor, then you need to wipe every object in the area including the surface of the floor with a damp cloth. If the dust already stick to the surface of an object and cannot be removed with the damp cloth, then you can use cleaning solution that is safe to clean the object.

Cleaning the floor

Regarding with cleaning the floor from the soft dust, you need to vacuum thoroughly if you are using carpets then wash the carpet right away. You can contact a carpet cleaning service if it is too hard for you to wash the carpet.

But, if your floor is hard flooring such as wood or stone tiles, you need to use scrubber drier it after you vacuum it. Mopping it with wet cloth does not effectively clean the dust. You will only make the dust wet and smudge it to the floor causing muddy marks on the floor.

If your home is using floor boarding, you need to put the carpet back on the floor immediately after you have vacuum the floor underneath the carpet. This is to prevent the dust rising up to the surface again from the boarding gaps when people are walking on the board.

Bar StoolsBar stools are an excellent choice to make your room become more interesting. There are various different types of bar stool that available. There are the traditional bar stool made from wood and metal, the extra high counter stool bar stool and the upholstered bar stool.

Bar stools are often to be less consider by many home owner as piece of furniture that can be use in their house. The fact is you do not have to have a bar or a high counter in your house to get a bar stool.

These stools are designed with variety of styles, so they can become more than just merely as a chair that you can sit on in a bar. A bar stool can be a great piece of furniture whether as indoor or outdoor occasions. They are stylish, strong, comfortable and convenient when accompanying your guess or friends.

The indoor bar stool is great to be put next to the counter, the upholstered stools are perfect for the empty corner of the house or card table that you want live it up. Meanwhile the wood bar stools is a great choice to be placed in the nursery or you can put it outdoors if the stools are treated with the right finish.

The outdoor bar stools are also a great choice when you have outdoor parties such as barbecue or cocktail party. The stool can be used for extra seating for the guess and you do not have to risk your indoor furniture to get dirty from the spill.

Outdoor bar stools can act as stepping stool to reach high objects in the backyard or above the cupboard. The counter stool is great for outdoor purposes and activities that would be difficult to use ordinary chair. Metal stools are also excellent choice for any outdoor events since these stools are also durable and withstand to natural outdoor element.

Bar stools have many purposes that you might not think about it. There are no fix rules on how to use the bar stools, and the stools can useful to almost any home. When selecting the right bar stool for the house, you only need to think concerning the practical and non-practical benefits that might happen and then choose the bar stools that you thing can help you to accomplish those tasks.

Finally, you need to choose whether if you prefer to buy the stationary bar stool or the swivel stool or a stationary stool. If you also want to use the stool as stepping stool, you are definitely must choose the stationary bar stools.

Home LandscapingLandscaping provide variety of chance of home improvement for the homeowner make their house become more appealing. One of the most common option is the garden landscaping.

Garden landscaping can become a serious issue especially if the home value is at stake. Although it sound simple, but it may not be as simple as it sound.

Landscaping can contribute a great aspect to improve the home value in a sophisticated manner. An excellent landscaping project can help to improve the property value up to 20% for the prospective buyers even if your home only have small yard.

The plantation and landscaping design will give extra point for the home appraisal. So, it is always a good idea to decorate your front or backyard.

Good planning is necessary to make sure the progress for landscaping project run according to its purpose. Landscaping is more than just about plants, fences or lighting, because it will affect the overall of your house.

If you have more budget for the landscaping project, hiring good landscaping experts could be a worthy investment. This method is very common for most real estate developer. Around 90% of them are using the service of landscaping expert to improve their property value and generate good profit.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommend to invest around 10% of home improvement budget to be allocated for landscaping project. When your home landscaping not attractive, it will make your home appearance become bad too and lowering the interest of prospective buyer for the property.

Cleaning The Carpet StainGetting stain marks on your beautiful carpet is very annoying. Not only it will ruin your carpet, getting it cleans again is going to take a lot of effort and money. Fortunately, there are many carpet cleaning products that can easily be found in many stores and there are many carpet cleaning service that available in your area. Although some of these cleaning methods can be quite costly.

But did you know that there are some cheaper methods to clean the stain on your carpet? Therefore you did not have to spend your money to buy the expensive cleaning chemical or hire the carpet cleaning service.

There are some household products which you might already have that could help you to remove some stain on your carpet such as; rubbing alcohol, lemon juice, detergent, vinegar, etc. You need to know how to utilize those products to help you clean your carpet.

Here are some guides that can help you to clean the stain on your carpet using the ordinary household products;

Removing pet stain

Using ammonia; mix one teaspoon of household ammonia with half of cup of water. Put the mixed solution in to a spray bottle or use it directly to the stain. Before using the solution, make sure the carpet remain dry on the front and on its back. After using the ammonia solution, use towels or white paper to clean the stain completely and then let the carpet dry.

Using detergent; mix a quart of water with a quarter of a teaspoon of detergent that did not contain lanolin or bleach. After the solution is mixed well, put it in to a spray bottle.

Remove the pet stain as much as you can and then spray the left over stain that is still remain on the carpet with the detergent solution. Rub the stain area with a towel or other thick cloth, and then clean the stain and detergent from the carpet’s surface.

Using steam cleaner: re hydrate the stain with steam cleaner and then rub the stain with a piece of cloth or paper towel. Keep repeat the process until the stain removed completely, and then dry the carpet thoroughly.

Removing ink stain

To remove ink stain on your carpet, you can use household rubbing alcohol from the department store or grocery store. Pour some of the household alcohol on to white cloth or white paper towel.

Before the household alcohol is dry, wipe the ink stain with the white cloth or paper towel that already smeared with the alcohol. Clean or wipe the ink stain in one small direction to prevent the ink stain spread to wider area.

Removing the wine and beer stain

Dilute white vinegar with water in 1:1 comparison and then put in to a spray bottle. Spray the stain with the vinegar solution and let it around 10 – 15 minutes. After 10 minutes or so, rub the stain with a sponge and then rinse it using some warm water.

Put few layers of paper towel on top of the stain and use a thick and heavy book to press the paper towel against the stain and let it stay like that until the carpet is completely dry.

Replacing The CountertopFor most home owners, the kitchen is one of the most crucial sections in their home. Therefore, many experienced property agents agree that improving the kitchen is one of the best methods to increase the home’s value.

The kitchen is also become one of the main areas that is often shown during the presentation by the real estate agent. The real estate agents will able to attract their customer’s interest more if the home has a nice and lovely kitchen.

There are four basic kitchen improvements that can be done by the home owner whether to increase their home value or to make their home more cozy and beautiful. Those basic methods are;

Replacing the old and out of style kitchen appliances

Replacing the old flooring with more stylish model

Changing the style of their kitchen cabinets, and

Replacing their kitchen countertop

In this post we will discuss about the last part, especially about some countertop materials that can be used for kitchen improvement.

When choosing the material for your new kitchen countertop, it is more than just going down to the hardware store and bought the new countertop and replaces the old one. You must consider on the time and effort to maintain the new countertop in the future after you have install the new countertop.

If you are too busy to taking care of the new countertop or the new countertop material need special care while you do not have enough spare time to do it, it will be much better if you do not choose that countertop material.

Budget is also an important part when choosing the new kitchen countertop. The combination of countertop’s style and material might provide good solution to prevent the home owner from going over budget when replacing the new countertop for their kitchen improvement.

And the most important part when choosing the new countertop; the home owners must understand that the countertop is the main focal point from the entire kitchen area. So, the home owners need to think seriously about the size, style, design, color and material that they want to choose from what’s going to be the new kitchen countertop.

There are various materials that often use to make stylish countertop such as; granite, acrylic, laminate, stone, stainless steel, tile or hardwood. The price is also vary even among the same countertop material, therefore the home owner can choose the countertop that suit to their budget.

On the next post we will discuss about some of the countertop material in general point.

Mold spores are can be found easily in our homes, scattered in many surfaces, clothes and indoor air. On small amount, this condition is quite normal and often happens every day. Usually, most of those spores are entering our homes from outside environment.

In large amount, the spores will jeopardize the health of people who live in the house. Therefore, cleaning the house regularly is a must thing to do. People need to clean any area where the molds are staying to prevent the mold from multiplying and keep the indoor environment healthy.

People need to be cautious if there is large amount of molds growing in some areas in their homes. This condition usually occurs when the humidity level on the area where the mold grew is increase more than in normal condition which is caused by water leak or flood.

When the mold grows, they are releasing their spores in the air. The airborne spore will spread to other areas in your homes. If this condition is not being taken care of properly, the mold will damage the house and its furnishing.

The home structural elements will get weaken and finally damage by the mold if home owner do not control the mold level in their home and let it grow uncontrolled. There are no certain methods to remove all the molds from inside our homes, but proper cleaning that is performed regularly will help to control the mold’s growth to the minimum level and avoid the damage in the house.

Structural damage to your property and any items inside of it is not the only threat from the existence of molds in the house. The health of people who are live in the house is also at risk.

Normally we are been exposed by molds and or its spores every day. But, it is only in a small amount, so our body resistance can still fight the molds without any bad side effects, although for sensitive person, they can get sick even with small amount of mold exposure.

There are some methods to help home owners to control the mold growth in their home and keep it to the minimum level;

Install proper ventilation in the bathroom and other areas where the moisture level are high to the outside of the house.

Check the AC ventilation regularly to make sure that it did not clogged or blocked by dirt or other foreign materials.

Use de-humidifiers appliance in crawlspaces like in the closet, attic and basements.

Install an exhaust fans in the kitchen and use it when cooking.

Apply insulation on the surface of cold objects such as air ducts or water pipes to reduce the risk of condensation

Use moisture sensor to detect the increase of humidity in some areas where there are risk of water leak

Bedroom StyleFor some people, their beds were not think as necessary aspect in determine the bedroom design. Bed was considered no more than its functionality which is as a furniture to lay down and sleep. Although, those people are still improving the bed style by choosing good bed cover that suit to the bedroom style.

But, these days’ people have begun to notice the importance of bed as one of important elements in determine the bedroom design. With the variety of materials, styles and colors, today’s beds are made with various design to improve the bedroom design and style.

There are few aspects that can be used to determine the right bed that suit to the bedroom design, so the bed can improve the bedroom style such as;

The room’s aesthetic

Room’s aesthetic is considered as one of the first elements in selecting the right bed for the bedroom. There are many reference to determine the room’s aesthetic such as from the internet, books and magazines, home fairs and exhibition, furniture showrooms or from other people homes.

The bed’s location in the room

This aspect often tend to be neglected by many home owners, resulting the bed that already been bought whether it is too big or too small. Therefore, it is necessary prior to buy the bed, you need to know about the bed’s size, position and if it is necessary its height especially if the home owner considering in buying a four poster bed.

The purpose of the bedroom for the owner

These days, many home owners have turn their bedroom to more than just a place to sleep in. many home owner spend more budget to improve their bedroom into small private paradise by installing TV or audio set, small reading space, couch and many more. This factor will affect type of bed that will be put in the room.

So in conclusion; the bed is one of key factors in the bedroom design and a thorough thinking must be taken to select the bed that will match to the bedroom’s need. If the home owner follow those steps above, not only they will improve their bedroom style but also increase the comfort and the quality of their resting time in the room.

In many home improvement projects, many homeowners prefer to take care the project themselves. Unfortunately, not all homeowners have the qualifications such as skills nor the experience to handle this important project by themselves.

So, for these homeowners it will be better to rely the home improvement project to a qualified contractor. Finding the qualified and affordable is an important factor to ensure the success of the project.

To find such contractor, homeowner need to do a thorough research. So, here are some tips that can be used by homeowners to find the right contractor;

Recommendation from trusted people

Checking through friends or family to find out if they know good contractor often give good and reliable result. When someone we know has making home improvement project with good result, then you might want to use the same contractor for your own improvement project.

This will make the contractor selection process become faster. Using recommendation from the people that you trust can improve the chance in locating a good home improvement contractor.

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When you cannot get good recommendation for the right contractor from people that you know, you could search it from various advertisement types such as local newspaper, yellow pages, magazines or internet.

Unfortunately this method is harder and quite risky since it will be difficult to decide whether you are dealing with an honest contractor or the shady one. Therefore, it will be better not to be hasty to make the decision on the first contractor that you meet.

Try to get information from some different contractors to see which one that has the best offer on the cost and quality. Homeowners need to keep in their mind that cheaper cost is not necessary a good answer. Good material and good skills from the worker will increase the cost to ensure that the project’s result have good quality.

From the local Better Business Bureau

Local Better Business Bureau (BBB) could provide information for good contractor in area near your location. The BBB will record business company information along with its reputation, especially if the business received complaints from their previous clients. So, homeowner can find the contractor with good record.

Grub WormsOne of the first things that people notice when going to other people house is their lawn. That is why it is very important to do proper maintenance on your lawn to keep it attracting for other people who are seen it.

Unfortunately, there will be always some pests that would take advantages on your beautiful garden and making it as the food source. If you let these pests keep eating of your lawn, they will ruin your beautiful garden and the plants in it.

One of these pesky pests that become hindrance to your lawn’s beauty is the grub larvae. The grub larvae appear in the shape of white caterpillar or worms but in larger size. The adult form of this bug is belonging to the scarab beetle family.

Their main source of food is the root of the plants. One of the clearest sign that the grub is eating the pants root is indicated by the brown patches from your plants in the garden. It is showing that the plant is having malnutrition since it cannot receive nutrition from the soil through the roots, because the roots are already eaten by the grubs.

The grubs are mean eating machine. If you let them they will destroy the plants in your lawn and finally ruin the beauty of your garden. Therefore, you need to get rid of these pesky bugs as soon as you notice the sign on your plants.

There are two basic methods to exterminate this bugs which is using the natural method and using the help of chemical substance. In the natural method, you will use their natural enemy or predator which is microscopic worm that is known as nematode.

You can purchase the nematode from garden supply store in your area. After you have bought the nematode, you can use sprayer to spread these microscopic worms throughout your lawn, especially around the plants that indicating there are grubs warm in the roots.

Or if you are not sure how to do it, you can ask the store keeper where you bought the nematode on how to utilize these microscopic worms more effectively. After the nematode is spread on your garden, they will immediately penetrating the soil to search grubs worm and start eating the grubs.

If you cannot find the garden supply stores that selling the nematode, you can use the chemical solution option. You can ask for recommendation from the garden supply storekeeper to find the best pesticide that can get rid of the grub worms.

And after you have successfully got rid of the grubs from your lawn, it will be better if you use grub preventer to avoid the grub worm from attacking the roots of your plants again. You can ask this preventer as the same time you bought the pesticide or nematode from your local garden supply store.

With this, you will able to protect your lawn from the attack of grub worms and maintain the beauty of your garden and be proud as the owner.

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