How to Store Cleaning Supplies

Let’s face it: Cleaning isn’t most people’s idea of fun. And cleaning your kitchen and bathrooms can be equally painful. But there’s also no reason to make it harder than it has to be. Take some of the pain out of household chores with these tips for keeping cleaning supplies sorted and at the ready.

  • Safety first.Above all, wherever you store your cleaning supplies should be well out of reach of small children and pets. If you don’t have a high shelf or lockable closet, use safety devices, such as drawer and cabinet straps, to ensure that little fingers or curious paws can’t get to hazardous materials.
  • Pick one spot for cleaning gear storage.That way, you won’t have to go from room to room tracking down toilet cleanser or wood soap. Also, don’t stack bottles and cans so deep that you’ll have to burrow through them to find the particular solution you’re looking for.
  • Keep a portable caddy or two next to the supplies.Fill it with what you need to clean a given space. In addition to cleaning solutions, include a stock of rags, sponges, scrub brushes and more. Alternatively, you can make a caddy for each area of the home (kitchen, bathroom, etc.) and grab it as needed.
  • Designate a place for larger cleaning tools.Vacuum cleaners, steam mops and other big items can go in a spare closet, the pantry, the garage or the basement. The exact spot is less important than keeping them all together so you can put your hands on them whenever you need them.
  • Make sure everything is clearly labeled.Keeping solutions in their original containers is always ideal, but if you decant them into all-purpose spray bottles or jugs, use a permanent marker or labeling tape to identify them. For example, you don’t want bleach getting confused with plain water!

 

Need help finding cleaning supplies? Easy, head over to PlumbTile, where our expert employees will be able to point you to all of our favorite cleaning supplies that will leave your home feeling squeaky clean. They will be able to answer any and all questions that you may have about the cleaning supplies. Besides… what’s better than a clean home?

How to Clean a Rug in the Snow

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The snow is falling, a fire crackling in the fireplace, and that beautiful rug covering your tiled or hardwood flooring is now dirty. The perfect time to work on that rug and clean in the snow! If the fibers of your favorite rug aren’t vacuum-friendly, or the material is just too delicate to clean conventionally, take it outdoors this winter. This is a tutorial you’ll want to consider for your wool rugs, vintage rugs, and high pile rugs that require a little extra care when cleaning. You know the kind; the rug that hoards dust and crumbs into each crevice, or the one that sheds almost all of its fibers every time you torture it with a vacuum cleaner.

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How To Remove Black Mold

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Black mold can be an insidious problem for homeowners, potentially leading to a costly removal process and even a host of health problems. Kitchens and bathrooms can be affected the worst because of the moisture in those rooms. But by learning how to get rid of black mold safely and effectively, you can protect the health of your family and the value of your home, without breaking the bank.

Removing black mold is a step-by-step process that requires patience, an investment in protective gear and black mold removal products, and, of course, the courage to brave dark, cramped spaces inhabited by toxic fungus.

First, you must remove the source of any moisture from the affected area. If any leaks or persistent condensation aren’t alleviated, the mold will likely reappear after removal.

Next, seal any doorways or other openings leading to other areas of the home, place heavy plastic over them, then seal the plastic in place with duct tape. If there are outdoor openings in the room, place an exhaust fan near them to help remove mold spores from the room.

Wear a respirator or a facemask rated for black mold spore protection, and cover arms, legs and hands to avoid contact with mold spores. Use soap and a sponge to remove visible mold. If the moldy area is dry, lightly spray with water, as this will reduce the incidence of airborne mold spores during cleaning. Next, use commercial black mold removal products, which can be found in most hardware or home repair stores, to disinfect the moldy areas, in addition to any adjacent areas. If you use bleach, make sure it won’t discolor the material or surface. Place all sponges, equipment and other materials used in cleaning in a heavy duty garbage bag, and if possible, remove the bag through an nearby exit as opposed to the main house, to avoid distributing mold spores.

If you run into a mold problem while remodeling, don’t worry. Just head to PlumbTile if you have any issues and our expert employees will be able to assist you and get rid of that pesky black mold that is putting a damper on your remodel. They will also be able to give you some tips and tricks to ensure that the black mold doesn’t make a comeback, which will make your house healthy and homey.

How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood Floors: Basic Care

Speed up the cleaning process by first dusting the floor with a mop that has been treated with a dusting agent to pick up dust, dirt, and pet hair that might scratch the floor surface. For weekly or biweekly cleaning, vacuum with a floor-brush attachment on a vacuum cleaner or an electric broom. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar attachment, which can scratch a wood floor’s finish. For quick dusting, use disposable electrostatic cloths, available at grocery and discount stores. Save money by using both sides of the disposable cloths.

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How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

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Do you find popcorn ceiling to be unattractive? Do you want to remove the popcorn ceiling? There are several ways to alleviate this issue, you can use Styrofoam tiles or wood planks to cover it or you can scrape it off then paint or add a beautiful mosaic wall tile. Follow out step by step instructions and watch the ceilings transform.

Step 1: Prep the Room

Remove furniture from the space, or move it to the center of the space and cover with plastic sheeting. By laying down a drop cloth and plastic sheeting, you’ll protect flooring and furnishings from dust and debris and it will be easy cleanup after you’re done.

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How to Remove Wallpaper (The Easy Way)

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Let’s face it… if you buy a house with out of date wallpaper, chances are, that’ll be the first thing you want off of the walls. Before you apply paint, tile or a different wall-covering, you may have a little work to do. if you are lucky you will only have wallpaper in a couple of places, bedroom or bathroom; if in the kitchen it can be a bit cumbersome working around appliances. Removing old wallpaper is not that difficult, especially if you follow these simple instructions.

Identify your wall type:

  • Plaster: it’s found mostly in homes that are more than 50 years old. In plaster walls, wood lath is nailed to the wood-framed walls and covered with two or three coats of plaster. These walls are more solid and sound dull if you knock on them.
  • Drywall: It’s been used in homes for the past 50 years or so. Drywall is a sheet of chalk-like substance covered with a lightweight cardboard. These sheets are nailed over wood-framed walls and have a hollow sound when you knock on them. Drywall is more delicate than plaster, so you will need to be sure to not damage the cardboard facing when using a wallpaper scraping tool.

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How to Measure Your Kitchen

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Measuring your kitchen can seem a daunting task. Our handy step-by-step guide takes you through the process and identifies the various elements you’ll need to measure in order to get accurate dimensions.

NOTE: If you are remodeling, do not include in your measurements current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables.

NOTE: All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120″

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How to Install Vinyl Siding

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Updating your home whether it is a kitchen or bathroom update or replacing that old siding the rewards can be tremendous. Siding it the first thing that anyone sees when they look at your home. Sometimes you aren’t totally in love with your siding or sometimes you just want a different look for your house. While it is always smart to call on a professional to do siding, if you are trying to save money and are willing to learn and keep adjusting your work, by all means install the vinyl siding yourself. Lucky for you, if you choose vinyl siding, you’ll be choosing one of the most durable types of home exterior cladding AND installation is fairly straightforward and an easy process.

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How to Install a Chandelier

3f4ba329e3c54f45d70b4c9ecabfa8efA chandelier helps bring your entire kitchen and dining room together. It becomes the main source of light for the dining room. Many family dinners, laughs, and memories will be had under this fixture. Choosing a chandelier is, of course, a hard choice. However, installing that chandelier does not have to be as hard as choosing it. Follow these handy steps to install the chandelier of your dreams to complete the dining room you’ve always wanted.

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How to Install a Door Knob

dabe53601cfd8fbd882c5024bb0dde2dDoor knobs may be small, but they hold some incredible power when it comes to opening and shutting a door. Without a door knob, there would be either a hole in the door to allow people to open and close it, or the door would be a swinging-type door, where you push it and it opens, but you can’t control it enough to close it. There does come a time when it is important to change out a door knob. Whether that be when the door knob is out of date, broken, or just needs repaired, follow this step by step guide on how to install a door knob (but keep in mind that all door knobs are slightly different, so why this may work for some door knobs, it may not work for all).

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