As someone who works from home and spends a lot of time in my house — I LOVE receiving clever (and useful) home gifts. If you know someone who recently moved into a new house or someone who appreciates owning one-of-a-kind items… then you’ve come to the right place to find something special for them this year! I own most of these items myself and I know that your friends and family members are going to enjoy them too!
Got carpet? Whether you have wall-to-wall carpeting or just a few rooms carpeted in your home, you'll appreciate these tips for caring for carpet. Here, you'll find the best and worst carpet cleaning products, homeowners' favorite vacuum cleaners & steam cleaners, plus outside-the-box ideas for decorating with carpet squares and carpet tiles. For those household issues that can affect your carpet (like burning candles and having pets) -- see when to hire a professional carpet cleaning service instead of cleaning carpet yourself.
I have both, an A8 model and a V8 model of the iLife robot vacuum. (They’re about half the price of a Roomba iRobot vacuum!) I use the A8 upstairs where most of the rooms are carpeted, and I use the V8 downstairs where we do most of our living with 3 dogs in the house (and have mostly hardwood flooring and lots of throw rugs). Here’s my list of the pros & cons of a robot vacuum cleaner vs. a traditional upright vacuum cleaner, and how well the wet mopping feature works on an auto vacuum cleaner.
A list of a zillion great uses for Mr Clean Magic Erasers from people who actually use them. See what makes a Magic Eraser cleaning block work so well & what this magic sponge is made of. What’s the secret that enables Mr. Clean Magic Erasers to work miracles?
Should you buy a house or rent one? The hidden costs of home ownership were eye-opening to me when I bought my first home. Read this before buying a house.
Carpet tiles can be used on your floors, walls, even outdoors on the patio or deck! Unique ways to use carpet squares + tips and tricks to save time & money
Few, if any, flooring experts recommend steam cleaning hardwood floors. So I haven’t – til now. My experience using the Monster steam mop vs Bona spray mop.
For the past 12 years, I’ve been using an Oreck Compact Canister Handheld Vacuum. It’s kinda clunky, slightly noisy, and has bags that need to be changed all the time. So I set out to find a better hand vac. Here are the best hand vacs I found for vacuuming hardwood floors – especially pet hair and stairs.
Here’s how, why, and how often you should clean your air ducts — especially if you’ve recently remodeled, live in an area where there’s new construction, or have a lot of pets.
Earlier, I wrote about the life expectancy of home components — things like appliances, doors, flooring, faucets and fixtures. Now, here’s how long household products last — including cleaners, electronics, furniture, bedding, carpet & rugs.
In the end, doing everything yourself will usually cost more — in terms of money, wasted time, and errors due to inexperience. Tackling too many DIY projects will also cost you in terms of the amount of time you could have spent with your family and the time you could have spent taking care of yourself.
I’m here to tell you that sometimes doing it yourself does not pay off. In addition to paying to rent the carpet cleaner machine, and the carpet cleaning solution, three of us spent 2 days moving furniture, setting up fans, and maneuvering this HUGE machine to get our carpets clean. We lost a lot of valuable time. And we’re all sore!
The Miele is probably the best vacuum cleaner that I have ever used. In my business of cleaning homes for a living, I’ve used many different types of vacuums. But the Miele stands above the rest. See why I choose the Miele vacuum cleaner over the Dyson, the Rainbow, the Oreck, and other vacuum cleaners…
Clorox Clean-Up, Scrub Free Soap Scum Remover, Barkeepers Friend, Windex, Fantastik With Oxy Power, Lysol Tub & Tile, Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Murphy’s Oil Soap, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Stainless Steel Magic, and Formby’s Furniture Polish.
Ever wonder what those black lines are along the edges of your carpet — at the baseboards and under doorways? The black stuff that looks like soot is called ‘filtration soil’. Filtration Soiling comes from dirty air ducts — among other things. Here’s what to do about it.
With two dogs in the house, we NEED a powerful carpet cleaner! I can’t tell you just how many times I’ve used our Bissell Pro Heat steam cleaner to clean up even the toughest of pet stains. If you’re wondering how it works, and whether or not it’s worth the money, consider this…
All about my favorite house cleaning products: the Bissell Pro-heat steam cleaner, the Oreck vacuum cleaner, Tech stain remover, and Air Delights air deoderizers.