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How to Get Kool-Aid Stains Out of Carpet
Summertime evokes childhood memories of lazy, hot days. Summer means chlorine, coconut sunscreen, fresh cut grass, sunglasses, beach towels, and pitchers of Kool-Aid. If the summer fun gets too rowdy and Kool-Aid spills on the carpet, how can you get the stain out?  We’ve already covered removing grass and mud stains.  This week: let’s get Kool-Aid stains out of carpet....
how to deep green clean your carpets
So Fresh And So Clean The best thing you can do for your house and health is to switch to green cleaning products. Cleaning supplies that are loaded with toxic chemicals can take a toll on your health as well as children's and pets’. The most natural cleaners you can use are vinegar, lemons, borax, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, liquid Castile soap, and essential oils...
Best Family Activities in San Antonio
Hey, San Antonio Families! You love your children, yes? I bet you also love your home nice and clean, right? Of course you do! Sometimes, though, you can’t have both at the same time. While COIT Cleaning and Restoration cleans your house, why not treat your kids to the sights and charms of the Alamo City. Take the family out to show them something to remember!   Natural...
how to wash windows
Windows.  Nobody really LIKES cleaning them.  You can spend hours scrubbing away and still have spots and streaks.  There is a secret to getting clear, clean, and streak free windows.  Wash your windows on a cloud day.This seems really simple, but it works.  When you wash windows on a hot, sunny day, the windows dry very fast.  Fast drying gives you streaks.  Washing...
How to Deep Clean Carpets
Carpets have a way of getting grungy, especially if you wear shoes in the house.  You think you are staying on top of cleaning with weekly vacuuming.  Then one day you look down at the carpet is a few shades darker.  It is time for a deep cleaning. How to Deep Clean Carpets You’ll need: A good vacuum Spot cleaning tools- brush, clean cloths A steam cleaner Vinegar Pick a...
how to keep your house cool in summer
Summertime sunshine can get old when your house feels like an oven.  If you are trying to avoid using the air conditioner and save money on energy bills or you live in a city like San Francisco or Seattle where air conditioners are scarce, you can still keep your home cool and comfortable.  Here are our eight best tricks on how to keep your house cool in summer without...
how to get grass stains out of carpet
Summertime is when we plan picnics, camping trips, and urge the kids to get outdoors.  What is more relaxing then laying on the grass on a sunny summer day? With all the summer outdoor activity, it can be difficult to leave the great outdoors outside where it belongs.  Grass stains have a way to sneaking inside.  We have covered how to get mud out of carpet.  This week,...
Simple Summer Sewing Projects
DIY and homesteading have never been so popular. (Ok, maybe in actual frontier days.) If you have been thinking of taking up sewing or teaching your kids how to sew, summer is the perfect time!  Sewing is also a great way to add seasonal décor and linens to your home without breaking the bank.  Simply find some inexpensive fabric and create light, bright, elements to...
How to Clean Grout
Grout.  Even the name sounds serious. Cleaning grout can be no fun at all when you scrub and scrub but don’t get great results.  Even worse is breathing in fumes from bleach or other harsh cleansers.  There is a better way to clean grout, and we don’t mean hiring the COIT tile team, though that works too!  Here are our eight best tips on how to clean grout without all the...
How to Get Nail Polish Out of Carpet
You carefully laid down newspapers or a towel.  But then the unthinkable happens; the nail polish spills on the carpet!  Whether it was the dog’s fault or shear bad luck, you have a problem.  As beautiful as Mango Tango looks on your toes, it is not so charming on your carpet! Nail polish can be tricky to get out.  You might think that nail polish remover would be the...