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From lighting the menorah to Santa Lucia crowns, candles are a fun and festive part of the holiday season.  Trying to get candle wax out of a beloved tablecloth, upholstery, or your carpet is less fun.  We’ll show you the best ways to remove candle wax from carpet and upholstery so you can get back to holiday dinner parties, family celebrations, or simply relaxing by the...
No one should show up to a party empty handed!  Whether you are going to a dinner party or a holiday bash, it is always correct to bring your kind host a small gift to show your appreciation.  Host and hostess gifts do not need to be expensive.  You can stick to something in the $15-30 range.  Ideally, it is better to give something small, but of good quality, than to buy...
The ambiance of a real Christmas tree is hard to beat.  For many families, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the fresh scent of a Christmas tree.  As lovely as fresh Christmas trees are, cleaning up after them can be an irritating ordeal.  How can you minimize the falling needles and what is the best way to clean sap off of floors and fabric? Just take a few...
Thanksgiving Stains
Thanksgiving is when we get the opportunity to pull out all of our best dishes and linens to honor the delicious food and a special day.  But with cranberry sauce, gravy, and red wine being passed merrily around, drips are inevitable!  And of course candle wax often ends up on the table.  What can you do to save grandma’s special tablecloth from being stained?Fear not!  ...
Fireplace
Nothing says winter like curling up in front of a toasty fire with a mug of cider or hot chocolate.  Wood burning fireplaces remain a popular way to heat your home and add ambiance on a cold winter night. But no one likes a smoky room, piles of ash, or the chance of a house fire.  Use proper care to keep your fireplace burning cleanly all winter long.The basic idea of...
Steam Mop
Steam mops have become quite popular, and for good reason.  Many steam mops do a great job cleaning and sanitizing ceramic and vinyl tile floors.  The idea of getting floors squeaky clean and sanitized with no scrubbing, no soap, no chemicals, and no detergents is very attractive.  However, we CANNOT recommend steam mops for any type of wood floors, even though many steam...
Thanksgiving Checklist
Not only does Thanksgiving require hours of cooking, you have to clean the house for guests too! You’ll be too busy to clean every corner, closet, and bedroom.  Plan ahead and tackle big projects first, then focus on cleaning the rooms that your guests are going to see and spend time in.Two Weeks Ahead: Tackle any organizational tasks or things that will stay relatively...
You re-paint your home's walls to make your home look better, but if you are not careful, you can spill paint on your carpet and make your home look worse!  A paint spill does not have to turn into a permanent stain.  It is much easier to remove paint when it is wet, then after it drys, though it is still possible to remove dry paint.  First:  Do you know what type of...
Clean Kitchen

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Is cleaning your home something you suffer through, or maybe avoid altogether?  Unless you have magic mice and birds helping you clean like Cinderella, you have probably slogged through some tedious chores.  Do you remember when you were a child and were excited to help with the dishes?  While we can’t bring the novelty back, here are our 6 best tips to make cleaning fun...
Pottery Barn Entry Way

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Mudrooms are an excellent way to keep water, snow, and dirt out of your home.  When every family member has a winter coat, boots, hats, and scarves, your home can become untidy if you do not have a designated place for everyone to keep their winter gear, Even if you don’t live in a wet, snowy, or muddy area, a “mudroom” can be invaluable for keeping your life organized.  ...