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Whether you live in the north, south, or in the west, tracking mud in the home is a common problem during the winter months.  Snow and rain can make it very difficult to keep the inevitable mud from transferring from shoes to carpeting.  The problem is even worse if you have children or pets.  Pets need to go outside, yet it can be difficult to completely towel dry them...
How to Improve Winter Air Quality
When you hear that your city is experiencing a poor air quality day, you might think it is better to just stay inside.  Wrong. Indoor air quality is much worse then outdoor air quality. Here is a guidline on how to improve winter air quality:   What can you do to improve indoor air quality? Clean Regularly- Reducing dust through regular dusting and vacuuming is key to...
how to clean cast iron

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Cast iron skillets evoke images of campfires and traditional home cooking.  Many cooks swear by their cast iron pans.  Despite cast iron's reputation for durability, it seems finicky to clean and maintain.  Some swear that you must never use dish soap to clean cast iron.  Others won’t let water touch their cast iron.  And can you cook tomatoes?  Cast iron skillets are not...
New Years is when we resolve to do better and live happy, healthier, more productive lives.  Many people resolve to keep their homes cleaner, tidier, and more organized.  But without a more specific plan, those clean intentions are hard to lice up to.  Here are COIT’s resolutions for a cleaner home in 2015.  1. Stop Blaming Yourself for Clutter Feeling bad about yourself...
how to get candle wax out of carpet and upholstery
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...
Inexpensive Host and Hostess Gifts Ideas
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...
Christmas Cleaning Tree
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...
How to Get Thanksgiving Stains Out of Tablecloths
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 Maintenance - how to take care of your 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. Here are some tips...
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...