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How to remove red wine stain from carpet

Written by trishfms on . Posted in healthy living, home owner, Parent, professional mover, professional movers, professional moving company

how-to-clean-wine-spills-on-carpet-and-upholstery Getting your house ready to sell and you have a pesky red wine stain that you’ve been hiding for years?  

Let us help with these easy steps!

  • Use a dry cloth or paper towel to blot the stain (if it’s a fresh spill)
  • Mix 1 tsp carpet shampoo and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide. Dip a sponge into the mix and squeeze the access out of the sponge. Blot the area with the sponge. Repeat sequence until the stain is lifted.
  • Rinse area with warm water
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The Balancing Act of Healthy Living and The Holiday’s

Written by trishfms on . Posted in healthy eating, healthy living, Holiday, home owner, nation wide mover, north american van lines, professional moving company, Recipe, Uncategorized

The Balancing Act of Healthy Living and The Holiday's The balance between Healthy Living and The Holidays is an easy task to manage if you follow these steps below:
  • Eat four to six smaller meals rather than “saving” yourself for that special holiday meal
  • Plan a workout before a holiday party or big meal In contrast to our “sports mentality” to pick up the pace, when eating, SLOW DOWN!
  • Every dessert at a holiday meal, take a bite or two and receive 90% of the pleasure at 10% of the calories.
  • Try recipe modification
  • Beware of liquid calories, especially alcohol
  • Don’t “hang out” at the appetizer table when socializing at a party
  • Exercise in the Morning.
  • Get active at least four times a week, and include protein with your breakfast – both will give your metabolism a boost that lasts all day.
  • Find Balance.
Remember this time of year is all about enjoying yourself with friends and family. Definitely don’t deprive yourself of the things you love most about the season. Just be sure to stay on track during the days before and after the party. When you stick to a healthy lifestyle and stay consistent, you have wiggle room for a little indulgence here and there.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Written by trishfms on . Posted in home owner, moving advise, moving tips, north american van lines, real estate, real estate news

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SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST

 Wash Windows:   

Be sure to pick a cloudy day to wash windows. If it’s too sunny, the cleaning solution will dry too fast and you’ll have streaks.
 For a window-washing solution, Smallin combines 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia (which is a specific type of ammonia), 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and 1 gallon of water. 

Sliding Door Tracks: 

Sliding glass door tracks probably aren’t the first spots you’d think to clean, but you’ll appreciate having done it before the outdoor entertaining season gets into full swing. Smallin suggests scrubbing the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen debris, then using your vacuum hose to remove it. Finish with a wet sponge.

Overlooked Surfaces:  

You may overlook these surfaces on a daily basis, but once a year, give your baseboards, door frames, and walls  a good scrub-down. Wash them with a sponge and a squirt of dish washing liquid mixed in a bucket of warm water.

Deep Clean Carpets: 

To maintain a new carpet’s warranty, you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months. Otherwise, you can do it yourself  by renting a deep cleaner or buying a professional-style model designed for home use.   Grab a partner and move your sofa and chairs, roll up area rugs, then vacuum the floors. Move your kitchen appliances away from the wall as much as you can. In some cases you can pull them out enough that a vacuum hose will reach.  
Restore smooth leather with an upholstery cleaner and conditioner. Use a suede brush to perk up nubuck leather. For wood furniture, make your own all-natural cleaner and polish:  Mix 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1/2 cup  of vinegar or lemon juice in a plastic spray bottle; shake well and spray onto a microfiber cloth.

Refresh Window Treatments:

Window Treatments – Curtains and draperies aren’t typically dirty enough to launder. Instead, go over them thoroughly with the upholstery attachment on your vacuum. To remove dust from sheer curtains, put them in the dryer on low with a fabric-softener sheet.

Dust Light Fixtures:
Use a microfiber or lint-free cloth to dust fixtures and bulbs you can reach. For ceiling fans, skip the ladder and use an extendable duster.  To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen your cloth with vinegar.  Caution:  Be sure bulbs are cool to the touch and your hands are dry.

 Get Organized:   
— Pick up and eliminate clutter in each room before you start cleaning. — Equip yourself with a few designated containers when you are picking up in each room: a box for garage sale items, another for items to donate, and a garbage bag for items to toss. — Put away the things you are keeping in their rightful places and rooms.

TIP DONATE CLOTHES:  If you haven’t worn it in a year it’s time to get rid of it!

Safety Inspection:

— Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. — Perform all required safety checks. — If you don’t own a fire extinguisher, purchase one. Learn how to use it, and keep it in the kitchen.

  Power Wash: 

Having your home’s exterior and windows power-washed won’t just make your home look sharp, it also will prevent the growth of mold and mildew that feed on grime. If you’re not comfortable deciding whether your home’s exterior can handle the force that pressure-washing nozzles exert, hire a professional to do the work.

  Gutter Maintenance:

When you consider that your roof’s drainage system diverts thousands of gallons of water a year from your house’s exterior and foundation walls,  you can see why it merits a semiannual inspection. Clean and repair gutters and downspouts every spring before heavy rains begin and late in autumn after leaves have fallen.

  Outdoor Furniture:  

Clean and repair furniture for your deck, porch, or patio. Use outdoor spray enamel to touch up chips on painted outdoor furniture.

  Freshen Bedrooms: 

— Rotate and flip mattresses. — Wash blankets and comforters, or take them to be cleaned. — Wash mattress pads and bed skirts. — Have pillows professionally cleaned, hang them outside in the fresh air, or freshen them with the air (no heat) cycle of your clothes dryer. — Wash or dry-clean rugs.

Clean Your Bathrooms: 
— You may scrub your bathroom every week, but now it’s time to battle clutter and refresh old products. — Go through your medicine cabinets and safely discard any outdated products. — Replace worn bath mats, shower curtains, and liners, or wash and dry shower curtains and liners.

Clear Your Kitchen:
— Take time to clear out your pantry, kitchen cabinets, and drawers. — Wipe them out and install fresh shelf paper. — Store or donate equipment you don’t use, such as small appliances or cookware. — Discard stale spices or dated items such as baking powder. — Clean the refrigerator and freezer. — Vacuum the cooling coils under or behind your refrigerator.

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