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Tips for keeping walls and woodwork clean

Tips for keeping walls and woodwork clean
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Spring Cleaning Tips: Your Official 10-Part Cleaning Checklist
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Spring cleaning is no easy task, and if you have plenty of rooms and not enough hands to work with, a checklist can be the way to make your time more efficient and effective.

“Depending on the size of your house and your availability, spring cleaning should take between two days and a week,” says Alexandra Ross, president of Professional Organizers in Canada. And if you don’t like to clean at all, remember: you’ll get to open your windows for the first time in months and finally say goodbye to winter.

When we say checklists, by the way, we do mean more than one. Ross says make a list of each room that needs a full sweep and another list of what needs to be done in each area. Go through the rooms you hate cleaning first (hello, office!) or spread them out in between less tedious tasks.

“People dread paperwork and junk drawers/areas the most because there are a lot of decisions to make,” she says. Ross recommends starting in the bedroom and getting the whole family involved if you can.

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Washing the walls: Spring cleaning is a fine time for a touch up

Washing the walls: Spring cleaning is a fine time for a touch up
News from Bismarck Tribune:

Walls can get dirty before you know it — from a splatter of spaghetti dinner to the crayon artistry of a roaming toddler to fingers simply reaching for a light switch.

It’s easy to pass by walls and woodwork every day without a second glance, but spring-cleaning season is a great time to give them the attention they deserve.

Like many housekeeping tasks, regular cleaning can help avoid bigger cleanup work later on.

“It doesn’t have to be as difficult of a job as it sounds,” said Amy Panos, senior editor at Better Homes and Gardens. “The easier you can make it on yourself, the more likely you are to do it.”

Dirt and scuffs

Walls tend to get dirtiest around light switches and door knobs.

“Even if a hand looks clean, it still has a little dirt and oils that over time build up and eventually make that area of the wall dirty,” Panos said.

Walls also get marked up from accidental kicks or the brush of a bag near the baseboards. Parents know how toddlers’ hands often find their way to walls, either with filthy fingers or with crayons or markers.

These fingerprints and other blemishes are best tackled right away.

“The sooner you can get to a mark that is noticeable, the easier it will be” to clean, said Sharon Grech, a color and design expert for Benjamin Moore.

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Don’t let your stockpile grow too large
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I’ve long advocated stocking up on the products we consume most often in order to save money. When you have a reserve on hand, you’re never forced to pay full price for a bottle of laundry detergent, can of vegetables or box of cereal.

But for how long should we stock up? I think one of the biggest misconceptions people have about coupon shoppers is that our homes are completely stocked with a year’s worth of supplies. While I have a good quantity of our most-used items on hand, I rotate my stock often, and I don’t allow perishable foods to expire on the shelves. So how long is too long to keep items stockpiled?

Dear Jill: Let’s talk about the longevity of products. I’ve learned from experience and research that items like bleach and shaving gel deteriorate over time. A major brand of bleach indicates it loses potency after six months. Shave gel propellant deteriorates after nine to 12 months. What good is it to stockpile these items if they will not work as expected after six months to a year? — Dan

Dear Dan: With few exceptions, I’m not buying more than what I can use in about six months’ time. You are correct about bleach — most manufacturers recommend using bleach within six to nine months of the purchase date, or the potency drops. I usually have 3-gallon jugs of bleach on hand, and I do date the caps so I know which ones to use first.

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Spring cleaning tips from the pros

Spring cleaning tips from the pros
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Spring cleaning tips for dog owners
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You and your dog have been cooped up all winter long, and now that spring is on its way, it’s time to clean up and prepare for the warmer weather. The American Kennel Club offers the following spring cleaning tips to help dog owners start the season off right.

* Control shedding. Shedding increases in the spring as dogs lose their winter coats. To keep your dog neat and clean, regularly brush his coat to control the shedding and make sure to brush all the way down to the skin, which will loosen and remove dead hair and dandruff.

* Clean the paws. Springtime, or “mud season” as dog owners often refer to it, can lead to paw prints all over the floor after outdoor playtime in the dirt and grass. Greet your pup at the door when he’s done playing outside and gently clean each paw with a damp cloth, being sure to get in between the toes to remove mud and debris – this will help keep both your dog and house clean.

*Regularly wash your dog’s bed. Use a fabric cover on your dog’s bed that can be easily removed for washing. Vacuum the excess hair and dirt and then wash the lining in a non-scented detergent without fabric softener, which can irritate your dog’s skin.

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Home Depot offers spring cleaning tips

Home Depot offers spring cleaning tips
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    The official start to spring was yesterday and staff at the Home Depot say it’s about that time to start spring cleaning!
   
    “You’re purging out your winter blues and getting a new spring in your step,” says Maria Davoli, an employee at the Home Depot in Absecon.

    If you want to sweep your way into the spring season, it’s best to follow this spring cleaning checklist. First, Davoli says the best way to start cleaning is going from the top and working your way down.

    “Start at the ceiling fan or your window blinds which probably collected some dust over the winter. Then, work your way down into every corner and crack,” says Davoli.

    Next, she says it’s important to refresh the air throughout the house by changing the air filter.

    “People have allergies. Spring is allergy season. You have pollen in the air and the grass and the pets are shedding,” says Davoli.

    If you’re in the middle of your spring cleaning, employee’s here at the Home Depot say if you want to keep your air clean and fresh, you should go with the Allergen Plus Air Filter.

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Spring cleaning tips for dog owners
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You and your dog have been cooped up all winter long, and now that spring is here, it’s time to clean up and prepare for the warmer weather.

The American Kennel Club offers the following spring cleaning tips to help dog owners start the season off right.

Control shedding. Shedding increases in the spring as dogs lose their winter coats.

To keep your dog neat and clean, regularly brush his coat to control the shedding and make sure to brush all the way down to the skin, which will loosen and remove dead hair and dandruff.

Clean the paws. Springtime, or “mud season” as dog owners often refer to it, can lead to paw prints all over the floor after outdoor playtime in the dirt and grass.

Greet your pup at the door when he’s done playing outside and gently clean each paw with a damp cloth, being sure to get in between the toes to remove mud and debris — this will help keep both your dog and house clean.

Regularly wash your dog’s bed. Use a fabric cover on your dog’s bed that can be easily removed for washing.

Vacuum the excess hair and dirt and then wash the lining in a non-scented detergent without fabric softener, which can irritate your dog’s skin.

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Clean walls help the house sparkle

Clean walls help the house sparkle
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It’s easy to pass by walls and woodwork every day without a second glance, but cleaning them up will make a big difference.

Dirt and scuffs

Walls tend to get dirtiest around light switches and door knobs. They also get marked up from accidental kicks or toddlers’ hands.

These marks are best tackled right away. “The sooner you can get to a mark that is noticeable, the easier it will be” to clean, said Sharon Grech of Benjamin Moore.

People are wary of cleaning painted surfaces, but Grech said the technology has improved over the last decade, and paints are more stain-resistant and durable for cleaning.

Still, it’s important to use the right products.

To remove everyday marks, Grech suggests using a clean cellulose sponge with a little warm water.

“Just give it a good rub,” she said. “Wait for it to dry and see if it’s clean.”

If the dirt is still evident, repeat the process using a dab of dish detergent and wipe the area dry with a clean sponge, rag or paper towel.

“Warm water does miracles with a sponge,” Grech said. “You want to avoid using regular household cleaners that have ammonia and other products in them” because they can change the sheen of the paint.

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Make spring cleaning easier with expert tips, helping hands

Make spring cleaning easier with expert tips, helping hands
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Tips to take the stress out of spring cleaning
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WASHINGTON — The official start to spring means it’s officially time to give your house a good scrub — especially after the abuse it endured during this long winter of snow, salt and mud.

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How Concentrated Cleaning Products Can Save You Money – Care2.com

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Food and fuel trump graft for Turkey’s local elections
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By Humeyra Pamuk

ANKARA, March 21 (Reuters) – Taxi driver Ramazan Aktay is quick to shrug off the corruption scandal swirling around Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, at least as long as the ruling party keeps delivering free food and coal to his working class suburb of Ankara.

Allegations of government graft, which Erdogan has cast as a campaign to destroy him by political enemies at home and abroad, have spiralled into the biggest challenge of his 11-year rule, unnerved foreign investors and raised questions about Turkey’s commitment to democratic reforms.

In other countries, his opponents complain, a scandal of such proportions, with voice recordings purportedly detailing corruption among his inner circle appearing on social media on a daily basis, would bring a prime minister down, or at least force him to publicly confront the allegations head on.

Yet few in Turkey doubt Erdogan’s AK Party will emerge triumphant, if weakened, from local elections on March 30, carried on a wave of support from a conservative and pious segment of society that sees him as a hero for raising living standards and breaking the hold of a secular, urban elite.

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Organize your closet with spring-cleaning tips from Jill Martin on QVC

Organize your closet with spring-cleaning tips from Jill Martin on QVC
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On Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. QVC is scheduled to broadcast “Jill Martin’s Minute Closet Makeover,” when the fashion authority will unveil her newest pieces from Jill by Jill Martin to help you stay organized as you spring clean. The New York Times Best-Selling author and Emmy Award-winning TV personality gave the Women’s Style Examiner an exclusive interview on Wednesday and provided a few closet organizing tips for those who share closet space and need advice when packing up winter clothes.

While some women cherish spring-cleaning, others deplore it. Jill Martin is here to help. With more than 15 years of experience, the “self-proclaimed organizational queen” has created fashionable and functional items to help organize your closet. She’ll appear along with the complete Jill Martin collection; available while supplies last, on

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Tips for cleaning walls, woodwork
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Walls can get dirty before you know it – from a splatter of spaghetti dinner to the crayon artistry of a roaming toddler to fingers simply reaching for a light switch.

It’s easy to pass by walls and woodwork every day without a second glance, but spring-cleaning season is a great time to give them the attention they deserve.

“It doesn’t have to be as difficult of a job as it sounds,” said Amy Panos, senior editor at Better Homes and Gardens. “The easier you can make it on yourself, the more likely you are to do it.”

Dirt and scuffs

Walls tend to get dirtiest around light switches and door knobs.

Walls also get marked up from accidental kicks or the brush of a bag near the baseboards. Parents know how toddlers’ hands often find their way to walls, either with filthy fingers or with crayons or markers.

These fingerprints and other blemishes are best tackled right away. “The sooner you can get to a mark that is noticeable, the easier it will be” to clean, said Sharon Grech, a design expert for Benjamin Moore.

Grech said the technology has improved over the last decade, and paints now are more stain-resistant and durable for cleaning.

Still, it’s important to use the right products.

To remove everyday marks, Grech suggested using a clean cellulo…………… continues on Press of Atlantic City

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Making your own laundry detergent can be easy

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This photo provided by Sherri Griffin shows dryer balls dryer balls that reduce drying time, static cling and wrinkles. Griffin, of Orlando, Fla., calls her homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer balls “a dream team.” “I often hear that people can’t give up the fresh smell that they get from using dryer sheets, but what people don’t understand is that smell comes from … chemicals,” says Griffin. (AP Photo/Sherri Griffin)

This photo provided by Sherri Griffin shows dryer balls that reduce drying time, static cling and wrinkles. Griffin, of Orlando, Fla., calls her homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener and dryer balls “a dream team.” “I often hear that people can’t give up the fresh smell that they get from using dryer sheets, but what people don’t understand is that smell comes from … chemicals,” says Griffin. (AP Photo/Sherri Griffin) The Associated Press

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Mobile Clean and Go
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The product is completely safe for laptops, smartphones, tablets, mp3 players and handheld gaming devices. It is packaged in a slim square-like spray bottle (fits in your pocket) and is 0.5 fl. oz. making it TSA compliant for air travel. A little bit of this fantastic cleaning solution goes a long way. Each bottle supplies up to 250 cleanings. The dual hybrid microfiber cleaning pad that accompanies the bottle safely and expertly removes all grim, make up (oily) residue, and everyday filth.

We put Mobile Clean and Go to the ultimate test in my house. Within moments, the face makeup residue was lifted from my phone and those pesky fingerprints that drive me crazy came off of the family laptop and tablets. No more PB & J prints on our devices!

The cleaning pads are completely machine washable using warm water using regular laundry detergent and can be machine dried as well.

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Tips for keeping walls, woodwork clean

Tips for keeping walls, woodwork clean
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Walls can get dirty before you know it — from a splatter of spaghetti dinner to the crayon artistry of a roaming toddler to fingers simply reaching for a light switch.

It’s easy to pass by walls and woodwork every day without a second glance, but spring-cleaning season is a great time to give them the attention they deserve.

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