Use these tips to clean, disinfect, and remove mold, mildew, bacteria, germs, soap scum… like a pro! A list of all the best cleaning products for the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bathtub, bath mats, refrigerator, chrome, mirrors, appliances, carpet, upholstery, glass, wood trim, baseboards, cabinets, hardwood floors, vinyl flooring, fingerprints, painted walls, scuff marks, crayon marks, stovetop, stainless steel, and polishing the furniture.
Whether you've got carpet or hardwood flooring, you've probably got some questions. Here, homeowners are sharing their favorite floor cleaning tips, along with advice for choosing the best type of flooring for a variety of unique situations. See our reviews and personal experiences with popular vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, floor cleaning products, sponges, mops, brooms, and more.
Without question, the one part of your house that gets beat up every single day is your floor! Shoes, boots, heels, and cleats are just a few of the menaces that torture your flooring. Moving chairs and other furniture also add their fair share of damage. When you consider these factors, combined with damage from moisture getting on the floors from spills, stains, rain, mud, and snow days… eventually you’re going to be faced with replacing your old flooring. But what type of flooring should you put down? As a flooring installer, I have some thoughts about luxury vinyl flooring including — 1) How durable, waterproof, and scratch-proof vinyl tile and vinyl plank flooring is, 2) How to install luxury vinyl as a DIY project, 3) How to clean vinyl plank flooring, and 4) How vinyl tile & plank flooring compare to natural stone and wood flooring.
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!
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.
The Scrub Daddy sponge, a popular kitchen scrubber, gets SOFT in hot water and HARD in cold water. Plus it doesn’t hold onto food & odors. Lots of fun uses here!
Window fogging in our house was driving me crazy – until I found the humidity levels in our home were too high. A dehumidifier and some Damp Rid turned out to be the best window condensation fix!
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
Bona Refresher is a safe way to make hardwood floors shine. It’s similar to using a hardwood floor polish, but quicker & easier. My review of Bona Refresher
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.
Is the battery-powered Bona Motion mop better than the original Bona hardwood floor mop? My review of the Bona Motion spray mop with sonic cleaning power.
My personal experience with the Shark Steam Mop, including pros & cons. I’ve used 11 of them – at home and work. See why I like the Shark Steam Mop so much.
Some things to think about when it comes to building an attached garage vs an unattached garage. Plus some ideas for finishing your garage (as opposed to leaving it unfinished) and choosing the best garage organization system for all of your stuff.
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.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of hiring a handyman for household repairs.
Want to keep your hardwood floors looking clean and brand new for years?!… Here are the tips I received from a hardwood floor expert, along with the hardwood floor mop I ultimately decided on… and why.
Here are a few tips from a professional housecleaner to help you deep clean your home. Doing all of these things will give your home a thorough deep cleaning and get it in the proper condition for selling, moving in, or moving out.
I am a professional house cleaner and I have come up with a 2-step method for cleaning hardwood floors that is the fastest for me and gives the best results without all of the excess work. Here are my best tips for cleaning hardwood floors.
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.
Moving? Remodeling? Renovating?… Here are the Top 10 bathroom renovations that today’s homeowners are concentrating on. If you’re thinking about updating your bathroom, check here first for the best bathroom upgrades.