Cigarette smoking was more common a few generations ago. There was a lot of carpets, curtains and upholstery affected by the odour of smoke back then, but it largely went unnoticed as people were quite used to the smell of tobacco. These days the smell of any smoke is rare; but when it does occur
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Many chemical are allowed in cleaning products that would otherwise not be allowed into our home. Most products are of little concern, but the one or two products that cause issues can make all the difference to our long and short term heath. Avoid: 2-butoxyethanol This irritates eyes and damages red blood cells. It is
Avoiding Clutter This seems easy for some people and families, and a perpetual problem for others. There’s probably a large book to be written on the reasons and psychology behind this. But if clutter is an issue there are ways to massively improve the situation you are in. Set some time aside to plan a
New carpets are possibly the borderline between redecorating and renovating a room. They are a major change, and are meant to be fairly permanent; yet they do not require any real structural change. Before the New Carpet is installed. Find out if you have to move the furniture beforehand, or if the carpet installers
Suitcases might suffer wear if you are a frequent traveller, or they might accumulate dust if you only ever take an annual vacation. A few rough edges might add character to a case, and maybe even deter the thieves; but there is something appealing about setting off on holiday with a neat case that is
Wooden Furniture should already be sealed with Varnish, Polyurethane, or Shellac. Wax is not a finish in itself, but something used to make the underlying finish shine. We wouldn’t wax the bare metal of a car! We wax the immaculate paintwork. Rub the furniture with a clean cloth. Some people like microfiber cloths for this.
Clean cast iron pot and pans with salt. Iron cookware is seasoned with oil before first being used. Cleaning with salt means this seasoning/cure is not ruined and need not be reapplied. Clothes irons can also be cleaned with salt. The tracks on sliding doors and windows can be cleaned with vinegar. A mattress can