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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 8/4/2019

Nothing ruins a great view like a greasy hand print right in the middle of the window. No matter the time of year it is, you can always benefit from brightly clean windows. They allow in more natural light and can transform a dull room into a bright living space. Planning for this at the right time is important. You don't want to clean your windows while they are in direct sunlight or the cleaning suds will dry while you're working, just making them worse. You can either do a full day's worth of windows by starting on the South and West facing sides in the morning, then moving to the North and East facing sides in the afternoon. You can clean on an overcast day but be careful, or your hard work will just get washed away in the rain.

Filling Your Tool Bucket

Window washing techniques aren't too tricky, but they do require the right tools. If you start without them, you'll stress yourself all the way through the process.

  • Soft Bristle Brush: Think of the same kind of brush you use on non-stick pans or glasses in your kitchen, but make sure itís a clean one, not the actual one from the kitchen, so you donít spread kitchen grease around the windows. For best results, get one with a built-in soap dispenser and an extendable handle so those high window edges are always within reach and you donít have to carry around a bucket of soapy water. Use the brush to get grime and stains off the window without wearing out your arms in the process.
  • Lightly Soapy Cleaner: Stay away from all the combined sprayer cleaners. Instead, go for a kitchen cleaner that is meant to cut through stains and grease. Your best choice will be one that cleans well but doesnít get too sudsy. Test it in your brush to determine how much water to combine with it for exactly the right consistency.
  • Hose with sprayer: An adjustable sprayer nozzle attachment for your garden hose can make getting the rest of the outdoor grime off the windows even easier. Once you've loosened it up with your brush, simply spray the residue off with your hose. Be careful not to spray too vigorously because you can accidentally loosen the seals around your windows.
  • Squeegee: A good squeegee is necessary to prevent all your previous work from going to waste. When used properly, a squeegee gets all that beaded water off your windows, so it can't dry in streaks and ruin all your hard work. It also means the windows are almost completely dry for the last step and won't get those round rubbing streaks either. If you have wide picture windows, look for a wide squeegee to cut down on the number of vertical stripes required. Lastly, look for one with an extendable handle like your bristle brush so that you can always start and the very top of each window.
  • Chamois Cloths: For that last little bit of drying and polishing, don't use any old cloth. Get yourself a proper chamois to prevent streaking. If it is in your budget, you can get a natural chamois made of sheep leather, but don't rule out the synthetics. There are some fantastic synthetic chamois fabrics out there for any budget.
  • Simple Soft Cloth: After youíve dried the window, youíll need a simple soft cloth for the window sill. Use this cloth to pick up any remaining dirt or water from the cleaning process.

Donít Forget the Screens

No matter how clean the windows, you still can't see through them if you have dirty screens. Since you had to take them off anyway, now is the perfect time to clean them as well. Using the same soapy cleaner and a bristle brush, gently brush both sides of the screen to remove dirt, dust, and grime. Then spray them off with your garden hose and sprayer attachment. Be careful only to use a medium pressure sprayer option, since you don't want to tear the screen away from the edges.

Got your home looking its greatest? Call your real estate professional and schedule that open house!




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 6/30/2019

Keeping a swimming pool clean isn't a full-time job if done correctly and regularly. Maintenance is most often crucial in the summer months since that is when swimming pools find the most use. After making the financial investment in a swimming pool, there is a need to make sure that it remains in perfect condition all year round. A neglected swimming pool is a much more severe issue than a dirty pool.

Store pool chemicals safely.

The pool water contains many chemicals that are present in a balanced quantity and level. A clean pool is one that is chemically balanced. As a rule, do not store swimming pool chemicals anywhere that has direct sunlight. Chlorine solution and acidic solutions should be kept far apart in a cool and dry storage space to prevent fire outbreaks and other chemical reactions. 

Pool vacuums are important.

One of the toughest tasks of any pool owner is the manual cleaning and skimming of debris from the pool. There are cheap, automatic pool vacuums that are programmed to suck away debris and dirt from the bottom of a swimming pool. Vacuuming ensures that significantly reduces the rate of algae growth, and the pool stays cleaner for longer. A pool vacuum also should not be a reason not to scrub the walls of the pool regularly to prevent the buildup of algae and other living organisms.

Maintain the pool chemical balance.

Chemical balances prevent a swimming pool from becoming a breeding ground for germs and algae which could cause health issues to those who use it. A balanced pool should maintain a pH level in a range between 7.2 and 7.8. There are many simple testing kits help to carry out a quick check of pool pH, so you know when to add chlorine and other chemicals to balance it.

Schedule regular filter cleaning and maintenance.

Pool filters are critical in keeping your swimming pool in a clean condition. They are not the most obvious of pool parts, but they are essential. Have a regular schedule for cleaning and inspecting swimming pool filters. Most swimming pools use three different types of filters, and each needs cleaning in a certain way. Be sure to check everything regularly to ensure that it is not blocked or damaged which could lead to problems with your pool.

Don't neglect your pool care especially in the summer months. For a comprehensive pool cleaning and maintenance, call a local pool cleaning service to help you out.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 5/5/2019

If summer is your favorite season of the year, then you probably wouldn't mind having your home smell like summer all through the year, seeing as most people wait all year to breathe in summer's scent. Follow simple tips to keep your home smelling fresh and summery all through the year.

  1. Make a Gel Freshener Yourself. Making a gel freshener isn't hard at all. All you need are a couple essential oils like citrus and grapeseed, depending on the exact scent you want to reproduce, and some other natural ingredients in your kitchen such as gelatin, salt, and lemons; mix them, and you have an excellent freshener for your home. Check the internet for more detailed instructions and proportions.
  2. Secret Jars. It is simple to do, and the results last for even longer. Pick up some stone jars and fill them up with a mixture of baking soda and any essential oils you have around. Put them up in different corners of your house and watch the walls of your home begin to give out the scents by themselves seemingly. However, you might need to keep the jars out of sight, as they are not the most perfect decorative accessories.
  3. Use Cleaning Products with Natural Ingredients and Flavors. Don't just buy any cleaning liquid. You should go for the ones that incorporate natural elements into their contents. Many cleaning products are plant-based and infused with the scents of ingredients like citrus, cedar, and lavender. Constant use of such products for cleaning the floors, windows and even clothes will all add up to give every room in the house a distinct pleasant fruity smell.
  4. Scent of Potpourri. Add any food items with pleasant smells onto a pan. You can use apple cider, lemons, vanilla extract, etc.; they all work perfectly. Add a few cups of water to the pan and then heat very slowly over the cooker. The hot mixture will begin to give off a warm and welcoming scent for anyone that comes into the home. These work best at night as they're sure to make dinner look enticing.
  5. DIY Lavender Air Freshener. Add dried lavender leaves and baking soda into a small jar and shake the mixture thoroughly. Add drops of lavender oil too and seal, then punch a few holes into the jar cover so the scent can escape into the house.

Try out all these ideas and watch your home smell like summer all day, every day. If you need more options for essential oils, visit any apothecary shop that is close to you.




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Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 5/5/2019

We all love a clean house. And your mother always seemed to make cleaning seem effortless. That magical sparkle and crisp, fresh scent evoked all that made her talent special. But now you have a home of your own and want to make your own magic. Here are the items you need to keep in your cleaning arsenal to tackle the tough spots and lighten the workload.

Floor vacuum

Nothing beats a great vacuum for floor care. You want a vacuum that can switch from carpet to hard floor at the flip of a switch. Getting one with attachments to clean sofas and mattresses, drapes, and blinds is a total win. If your vac has a removable dirt canister, all the better since emptying it is a snap.

Hand vacuum

There are some places a large vacuum, even with attachments, just canít go. In that case, itís always handy to have a cordless hand vac available. Theyíre also great for a quick cleanup of crumbs or spilled pet food too.

Brushes

A variety of brushes was your momís secret weapon. A specific brush for the toilet goes without saying, but a brush for the shower, and one to scrub dishes, and even one to scour out the sinks makes light of everyday chores.

Rubber gloves

Having vinyl work gloves on hand makes cleaning the really icky stuff simpler. Gloves protect your hands and nails from harsh chemicals, pet feces, and other messes. Also keep on hand a set dedicated to hand washing dishes, pots, and pans.

A good mop

Even though you can sweep or vacuum a hard surface such as wood or tile, sometimes you canít sweep up the grime that makes it look dull and faded. Thatís when you need to pull out the mop. Modern mops with on-board sprayers negate the need for a messy bucket, and one that the scrubbing pad removes to toss in the washer simplifies the cleanup. Some mops even have multiple pads for different floor surfaces so you can scrub a little harder on the tile under the babyís highchair, but gently wipe up spills from the wood in the living area.

A broom and dustpan

A good broom for indoors and a separate one for out of doors makes cleaning up leaves, sand, and other gritty items a snap. A broom should have stiffer but flexible bristles and a blunt-cut bottom. A slanted edge makes side-sweeping easier, while a straight edge works best if you sweep in front of yourself. Get a matching dustpan that stores right on the broom handle so that theyíre always together.

Keeping your house clean doesn't need to be a tough chore if you have the right tools on hand. Your home can always be in show-ready condition with some planning, some effort, and a good cleaning.





Posted by RE/MAX Executive Realty on 4/7/2019

Here are some secret places where dirt and germs accumulate.

Kitchen - The Sponge 

Even though we take time to clean the sink and worktop, there is something that often escapes our routine cleaning... the kitchen sponge. 

How to take care of it?

Opt for sponges that are good quality, dependable, and wash with hot water. The hot water helps kill some germs and makes your cleaning more effective. Flap the sponge well when you're done using it every day to avoid humidity in which the bacteria reproduce.

Living roomĖ Remote Control

One never thinks of cleaning it, yet everyone fiddles with it, makes it fall to the ground; it passes in the hands full of crumbs of chips, under the soles of the slippers; not to mention the times when we sit on it by mistake or those where the dog drool over it.

How to clean it?

Spray a little liquid soap on a cotton swab and clean carefully between the keys.

Bathroom - The toilet seat

The toilet seat sometimes does not get all the cleaning it deserves.

How to clean them?

Washing your toilet set once a week won't suffice. You must do it every day or at least three times a week. The lid is flipped before flushing to prevent the movement of water from causing the bacteria to fly.

Doorknob

Doorknobs can be one of the dirtiest places in the house especially that of washrooms and the ones facing outdoors.

How to clean one?

80% of infectious diseases spread by hands. Think about putting a disinfectant bottle near the door at the entrance and outside your washroom to ensure that the hands that hold the doorknobs are clean and do not transfer any germs.

Bath Mat 

Sometimes you wash the towels and bath and remember to clean the shower. Most times, the bath mat goes scot-free in the middle of household chores. However, it must be washed and changed at least as much as towels or more: because it stays on the ground, wet, and is used by several people. 

How to wash it?

You need to, first of all, stop taking shoes into the bathrooms and also ensure that you clean the bath mat often enough. You should also ensure that your floor mat stays dry as much as possible.

Pay attention to these areas to keep your home clean. Pay extra attention to these areas when cleaning your home for inspection or an open house.




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