The Right Way to Wash Your Walls | Edmonton & Calgary Home Maintenance Tips

Always Dust First

It’s important to always dust your walls before washing them to remove any excess dust and dirt particles. You can do this with a soft-bristled broom, dusting cloth or even a vacuum cleaner. If your broom has sharp, tough bristles attached to it, just tie an old cotton shirt or cloth around the bristles so you don’t scratch or damage your walls. Microfibre cloths are especially effective at removing clingy and hard-to-remove dust.

Use a Magic Eraser

Go over any spots on the wall (marker stains, crayon marks, dirt smudges or scuffs) with a Magic Eraser. Magic Erasers are inexpensive, and you can find them at any Wal-Mart, Target, etc., and they work, well, like magic! Just soak the magic eraser in water, squeeze it out, and then apply it to any scuff-marks or smudges on your walls. Just don’t rub so hard that you take off the paint. Light pressure is all you need. Just make sure you test it on an inconspicuous spot first.

Bottom to Top

After dusting and erasing smudges and marks, the next step is to actually get to washing. You can use anything from damp cloths and a bucket filled with general purpose cleaner to a box of wet Swiffer cloths for this step. The important thing is to wash your walls from bottom to top, not top to bottom. Washing your walls from bottom will prevent streaking, and thus save you a whole lot of extra work.

Dust the Base Boards

The last step is to take some dryer sheets and dust your baseboards. Dryer sheets will automatically pick up any leftover dust, hair and dirt, and they actually prevent all that dust and dirt from sticking to the baseboards in the future. That means that you won’t have to clean your baseboards very regularly, but they will remain looking clean and dust-free.

Once you get into the habit of washing your walls the right way, you’ll find that you spend less time cleaning and your walls stay cleaner longer. Win! Clean walls make colours appear brighter, floors appear shinier, and make your house look cleaner and more inviting.

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How to Turn Your Deck into BBQ Central

Summer is here and it’s time to get grilling, but nowadays there is a bit more to throwing a fantastic BBQ than just firing up that old charcoal grill. BBQing is a way of living now! As a result, you need a grilling space that can do more than just heat up those hot dogs. If you want to throw the best BBQ in town this summer, then you need to deck out your deck.

Turn your deck into a space for entertaining as well as grilling

The best way to turn your deck into BBQ central is to extend your entertainment space to the outside. You don’t want to be outside grilling while the fun is happening inside. The “how” depends on the type of hosting you like doing. If you and your friends are big on music, you can equip your deck with outdoor speakers. If you are a sports fanatic—or a film fanatic—make sure you have a TV that can be relocated outdoors to make those get together’s extra fun.

How do you make your deck BBQ friendly?

Outdoor kitchens are the up-and-coming trend, but your deck doesn’t have to have a full-out kitchen to be comfortable. Focus on the necessities. Make sure you have a good grill, and a good spot for that grill, whether you prefer gas, propane, or charcoal. Next, make sure you have a table and chairs set up close enough to be able to chat while you are cooking—but make sure you still have room to cook without having to ask people to move too much.

Incorporating a counter space for food preparation into your deck can make the grilling experience a lot easier, and even if you don’t want to outfit your deck with a full outdoor kitchen, incorporating a mini fridge can help you keep meat cool enough to rule out any health concerns—and keep your drinks cool, too. Of course, if drinks are a main priority, it may be worthwhile to incorporate an outdoor bar into your BBQ setup. With some stools on the other side, it could bring the conversation closer while guaranteeing you have enough space to grill, and you could build a mini fridge right into the bar to ensure you always have cold drinks and plenty of ice nearby (especially since we all know nothing chases your guests away faster than warm beer).

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