How To Clean Travertine Countertops, Floors, Shower Tiles & Backsplashes

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Travertine. You can hardly beat the look of this natural sedimentary rock.It adds a unique feel and texture to almost any room in the house.We have it in our kitchen -- along the backsplash area of our countertop.However, I've learned firsthand that keeping your Travertine surfaces looking their best requires some extra attention when it comes to cleaning... and sealing.These tips will help you keep your Travertine looking great for years...  Do You Really Want … [Read more...]

Tips For Pricing Native American Collectibles That You Want To Sell

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First, let me say that if you own Native American collectibles, then chances are you probably aren't going to be selling them at a yard sale.However, there is always the possibility that you inherited some that you have no interest in keeping. Or, you may have been interested in the items as collectibles in the past, but now you no longer are and you wish to sell them.Whatever the reason, if you have some Native American collectibles that you'd like to sell, here are some tips for … [Read more...]

Top 4 Dust Sprays + Tips For Choosing The Best Dust Control Spray For Your Home

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Dust spray is one of the best ways to control the dust and allergens inside your home.There are many different dusting sprays to choose from. Some work better than others.Choosing the right one is key to having a home that remains dust free longer without a sticky residue or waxy build-up which actually just attracts more dust.  Here are the top 4 dust control sprays on the market right now:   … [Read more...]

Before You Buy Gutter Guards, Review These Pros & Cons Of Installing Gutter Covers

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Gutter guards are advertised as being able to prevent your gutters from clogging with leaves, as well as water and debris -- thus saving you from what could be a dangerous household task.Cleaning gutters is no fun at all!However, not everyone agrees that gutter guards are worth the cost, time, and effort to get them installed. Following are the pros and cons of installing gutter guards (or leaf guards, gutter covers, gutter screens, etc.) on your home...  … [Read more...]

How To Clean Stainless Steel Appliances And Remove Scratches

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Stainless steel is all the rage these days when it comes to kitchen appliances.However, as slick and shiny as stainless steel appliances are, keeping them that way isn't always easy.In no time, they seem to collect sticky fingerprints and smears. Unfortunately, you're left with a visible record of every time the refrigerator door has been opened.Stainless steel requires careful cleaning in order to maintain its luster. Abrasive cleaners or those containing chlorine can cause … [Read more...]

DIY Tips For Making Your Own Foaming Soap Refills + Prettier Foam Soap Pump Bottles

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I used to spend a fortune on those foaming soap dispensers filled with Dawn dishwashing soap!Seriously. They're so darned convenient that I quickly became addicted. I was always on the hunt for good deals on little bottles of Dawn foaming dish soap.When the soap ran out and the bottles became empty, I would just toss the bottle and replace it with a new one.For awhile, I was thrilled to actually find Dawn foaming soap refill bottles. They weren't nearly as large or economical as the … [Read more...]

Organized Garages: Attached vs Detached & Finished vs Unfinished

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Over the years, I have owned about a half dozen different homes.What's the first thing on my priority list when I move into a house with no garage?Build one!...Usually before the last of the boxes is unpacked from the move.Living in the snowbelt makes it almost mandatory for me to have a garage to protect the family vehicles as well as other motorized tools and equipment.As Jay Leno would likely confirm, there's no such thing as too large of a garage!Did You Know?... By … [Read more...]

Drywall Tools 101: How To Fix Drywall With Spackle vs Joint Compound

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About to undertake a home improvement project that involves drywall?There are a bunch of different drywall tools to help make your  job easier. But if this is your very first DIY project that involves installing or replacing drywall, then your biggest question is probably which of these you should be using:Spackle (seen here, on the left); orJoint compound (seen here, on the right)    Generally, the term joint compound is used by those who, for whatever reason, feel … [Read more...]

The Shelf Life Of Household Products & Cleaning Supplies – See How Long Things Last (Typically)

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Earlier, I wrote about the life expectancy of home components -- things like appliances, doors, flooring, faucets and fixtures.That got me wondering about the shelf life of other common things within our house -- like cleaning products and electronics.So I set out to see what I could find about how long other things last... How Long Household Products & Cleaners LastHere's what Real Simple says about the shelf life of common household products like cleaners and items … [Read more...]