Steam Cleaning Hardwood Floors: Monster Steam Mop vs Bona Spray Mop

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Ever since we moved into a home that has hardwood flooring throughout, I've used the Bona spray mop to clean my hardwood floors.It's been over 5 years now. I'm very happy with the Bona spray mop itself and the Bona hardwood floor cleaner. My floors look great!But I've often been asked about -- and wondered myself about -- using steam to clean hardwood floors. Mostly because it's generally a safer, greener, kid-friendly way to clean. (Who doesn't want "sanitized" floors?)Since my … [Read more...]

Pros And Cons Of Renting A Self Storage Unit To Protect Your Stuff

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As a person who doesn't own a home of her own, as well as working the type of job that requires frequent moves from one place to another, I do tend to change places quite often.That wouldn't be a problem if my possessions only fit in one suitcase. But if you are in a situation like mine, where you have heaps of clothes, books, smaller interior pieces, etc., you would quickly see the necessity of using the services of a self-storage unit.These are a true bliss for anybody in a situation … [Read more...]

Pros & Cons Of Hiring Man And Van Moving Services

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A lot of people talk about the cons of hiring a man and van service:Their services cost a lot. They turn up later than expected. They might leave dirty footsteps on your carpet. And so on.However, when push comes to shove and things need to get done professionally and efficiently, relying on a moving man and van company is the way to go.Sure, this will cost you a certain amount of dollars, but would you prefer having your possessions damaged due to the carelessness and … [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...]

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...]

The Best FREE Home Inventory Programs To Keep Track Of Everything You Own

Do you have a record of all the high-ticket items you've purchased that are currently in your home?  If you suffered a fire or flood would it be easy for you to determine exactly what was lost or destroyed?  It's important to have a detailed inventory of all your belongings in the event of a natural disaster, accident, or theft. Your home inventory should include everything that you can personally itemize within your house.  It should also include all of your insurance policies, … [Read more...]

Lots Of Fun Ways To Organize Shoes In Your Home + Tips For Keeping Your Shoes Organized Forever

Have you lost count of the number of shoes you have? Are there some that you've never even worn? Maybe there's more than just your shoes... but an entire family's worth of shoes that need some organization. Chances are, you currently have shoes in one or more of the following places: mudroom foyer or entryway of your home bedroom(s) garage porch (or deck/patio area) Of course, the ultimate goal is to have all of your shoes quickly available to you, while storing them … [Read more...]

The Best Cleaning Products …From Someone Who Cleans Houses For A Living

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Trying to choose a good cleaner can be a hassle because the store shelves are full of so many different cleaners, and a lot of them basically do the same thing.Personally, I clean about 200 homes in a year's time -- not including my own home. So I use a lot of cleaning products.I have tried a variety of different cleaning products, but I usually stick to the ones that I think are the best.These household cleaners work the best, in my opinion: … [Read more...]

Need A Repair Manual? Are You Looking For An Old Owners Manual?

Try these...Users Manual Guide -- Odds are, you can find virtually any user manual here. Manuals Online -- Search over 300,000 user manuals and over 5,000 different brands. User Manual Search -- Here you can download manuals and find old, out-of-print assembly guides. Repair Manual Catalog Online -- Repair manuals for outdoor equipment (like lawn & garden), cars, boats, motorcycles, etc. Find Owner's Manuals Online -- Enter any combination of the brand, product, or model … [Read more...]

Fun With Furniture Made Out Of Cardboard

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Check out this global design challenge...The mission: "to create a cost-effective, collapsible piece of furniture and ship it to New York inside a large FedEx box within 90 days of receipt of the project brief."BUDGET: could not exceed $200. EACH DESIGN: must support the weight of a person up to 200 lbs. CONCISE INSTRUCTIONS: must accompany the design in order to assemble it for exhibition.More interesting DIY furniture...  DIY Cardboard Furniture... Try It … [Read more...]