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Tips On Cleaning Your Outdoor Patio Furniture The end of the summer months is approaching, so our time to enjoy the beautiful warm weather is also quickly coming to a close. Make the most of the remaining sun by firing up the grills, getting out on the patio, and enjoying some quality time with the friends and family.   If your have outdoor patio furniture and are making...
Do you find yourself coming back to the same dirty spot on your carpet? It makes no sense; you cleaned this exact stain a few days ago, how is it back? What is going on?  These are common household cleaning problems that our customers ask us. Breathe a sigh of relief as we elaborate on this occurrence, you are not crazy, it’s the carpet that is crazy! These stains keep...
7 Summer Cleaning Tips Summer is a fun time for the whole family and here at COIT we understand how your home can drastically change during the summer months. The weather is warm, the kids are on summer vacation, and everyone begins to break a sweat. Summer comes with a string of new messes, but on the Brightside, COIT is happy to offer cleaning tips for you this summer...
Most homes have some degree of mold in them, but black mold is an entirely different problem altogether. Black mold is toxic and is in residential homes where drywall, plaster, and other household building materials are present. The reason black mold likes to fester here is that these particular materials have cellulose, which is the cornerstone of the black mold’s diet...
How to Clean Your Kids Room in Less than 10 Minutes
Teaching your child good cleaning habits can be daunting, you might be asking yourself where do I start? The mess is huge, and telling them to clean their mess, simply, might not be the right approach. Children can be overwhelmed by the idea of having to clean the entire “mess” on its own. That is why COIT is offering some help. We are going to offer you some simple...
7 Holiday Cleaning Tips
As December brings 2015 to an end, you may be planning to have more friends and family over. The holidays can be a messy time for your home. While nothing replaces a good cleaning before and after having everyone over, these tips can help! 1. Get an (Extra-Large) Tree SkirtA tree skirt isn’t good just to cover that unsightly base at the bottom of your tree. It also...
Whether your or your family members are dressing up as zombies, ghosts, fairies, or pumpkins, it is likely that someone will be using face paint or grease makeup.  If someone accidentally gets their makeup on upholstery or clothing, it can be a pain to remove.  Halloween makeup tends to be heavily pigmented and oily, not a good combination.  Here are our best tips for...
The childhood tradition of dumping all your Halloween candy on the carpet and sorting out your favorite candies endures.  While your child is categorizing the Snickers and the Smarties, it is likely that sticky fingers will cause some stains.  When there are chocolate smudges on the rug, don’t worry.  You can usually get chocolate out of the carpet. Before trying any of...
Jack-o’-lanterns are supposed to be scary, but not so scary that they cause bloodshed.  Unfortunately, carving a pumpkin can be quite dangerous.  Pumpkins have a very hard rind.  Even the sharpest kitchen knives require a lot of force to get through the rind and start cutting.  If the knife slips, you are at risk for a serious cut. There is a safer way to carve a pumpkin...
Have you switched on the heater yet this year? When the heater is turned on for the first time in months, it is quite common to smell musty, dusty, or burning odors. While these burning odors are not necessarily a fire hazard, they are unpleasant and can be irritating to people with asthma or allergies. Where Does the Burning Smell Come From? The burning scent is usually...