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People tend to procrastinate when it comes to cleaning the house. Well, that shouldn't be much of a shocker as cleaning a messy house is never a pleasant job. So, you keep procrastinating until you have some guests coming over or can't deal with the feeling of living in a dirty house anymore. Frustrating, right?
If you are one of the millions out there who fall under these categories, then you are at the right place (or page) as compiled here are a couple of easy tips to back the sparkle in your home in an hour or less. Doubt it? Then, stick around as to discover how the trick works.
Step One: Get the Juice Flowing with High-Tempo Music
Cleaning your house doesn't have to be a tiresome, daunting task that you must check off your to-do list. Make it fun, easy, and fast with tempo music. Background music aims to keep you active and happy through the task. So, you can choose any music mix you love and get the volume up.
Step Two: Draft a Plan and Stick with it
Have you ever wondered why it is easier to clean someone else's house than your own? It is because you have no attachment or distraction in the house. No photo albums or old magazines are screaming for attention. Try employing the same level of focus while cleaning your home. Ditch the photo albums or magazines or quickly tuck them away first. Draft an hour plan and stick with it. No breaks or timeouts or cellphone checks. Put in all your focus, and you will finish in an hour or less.
Step 3: Always Start at the top
Our first big tip is to start from the top, irrespective of the room or activity with which you begin. Cleaning from the top ensures that dirt and dust from higher surfaces fall on ‘uncleaned' lower surfaces. This order helps eliminate the time you would spend re-cleaning lower surfaces.
Step 4: Learn to De-clutter
Whether it is the living room, kitchen, or any other part of the house, always learn to organize the area before cleaning. This way you will have things off the floor and where they are supposed to be.
Step 5: Spray and Allow to Sit
An easy way to get the dirt off your tub or counters or wall is to sprinkle cleansers on them and allow it to sit for some minutes before scrubbing. The trick is that the cleansers, like detergents, help break the bonds (especially in greasy stains), making it easy to wash off. You could use the time between spraying and scrubbing to clean other areas of the house.
Step 6: Save the Floors for the Last
This point helps emphasize the importance of Step 1. Endeavor to start all cleaning activities from the top and save the floors for the last cleaning step. Organizing helps prevent spending extra time re-cleaning the floors.
Cleaning the house does not have to be a tedious and daunting exercise to check off your to-do list. Follow the steps mentioned above religiously, and you will find cleaning to be a fast and easy exercise that isn't worth procrastinating. Get your home sparkling in an hour or less!
Keep these tips in mind when your real estate agent calls for that last minute showing.
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Sometimes our dream home comes with not-so-dreamy features. One of those can be well water with a higher than desired rust content.
Of course, this isn’t necessarily a reason to pass up a home you are otherwise in love with. There are several solutions to keep in mind when making your decision.
The first thing you will want to do is have a water test done to test the levels and type of iron in the home's water. Knowing just how high the concentration of iron content is and the type will be a determining factor into which solution will be the best for your lifestyle and new home.
While you are having tests done you will also want to confirm that rust levels are indeed from the well and not the pipes themselves. Rusty pipes are a different topic altogether and require a different protocol and budget if taken on.
If rust concentrations are fairly low concentration you will just need a water softener installed. This will help to protect plumbing and appliances from effects of rust. It will also mean cleaner, and softer, clothes, less soap usage, and less scrubbing when it comes to cleaning surfaces like the bathroom tub. It’s important to note that you will need to use less soap with softened water since it creates more lather. Too much lather can damage your appliances and even lead to water leakage.
If iron levels are falling in the medium range you will want to opt for a filter specifically for iron. Greensand and oxidizing filters are the two most common. Be sure to have your filters custom sized to fit your homes water usage and the requirements it will call for to have the system function properly.
When iron levels are high a chlorination filtration system is the way to go. This system treats water before entering your lines, which saves your plumbing from potential damage over the years. You may also want to investigate what damage, if any, has been done to plumbing and if you will need to replace to ensure safe drinking water and a clean home.
What you need to know about high rust content if left untreated:
If you use bleach on laundry your whites will yellow due to a reaction with the rust.
You will need to regularly use a specialty cleaning product to remove rust stains from places like sinks, toilets and showers.
Build up of rust over time will not only damage plumbing and appliances but also affect your water pressure as a result.
You will need to invest in Iron-Out and use it regularly to flush your plumbing
You will want to do “backflushes” to clean out rust accumulation