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DIY Home Maintenance Tips

DIY Home Maintenance Tips

Not every homeowner is an avid DIYer – then again, not every home is a fixer-upper or a rough-shaper. Yet sooner or later, you’re bound to encounter maintenance and repair tasks that require attention.

Some are better left to the for pros, while others might easily reside within your comfort zone – even if all you have is a butter knife and duct tape in your tool kit, and little else.

And now, let’s dive right in.

Care for Hardwood Floors

Keep your hardwood floors looking their best with a little TLC and the right cleaning products. Vacuum at least once a week with a hardwood floor attachment and wipe up spills with a damp cloth.

Clean Stainless Steel

Stainless steel often doesn’t seem very stainless, does it? To clean fingerprints, use a soft, damp cloth and wipe in the direction of the grain. For stuck-on food stains, try a nylon scrubber. Polish with a specially made cleaning product, avoiding bleach and abrasives.

Clean Grout

If you can’t remember the original color of your grout, it’s time to give it a good cleaning. For routine maintenance, you need nothing more than a spray of warm water and a hard-bristle brush. For tougher stains and discoloration, cover the grout lines with a baking soda and water paste, spray with a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and water, and let that sit until it’s done foaming. Then, scrub with a hard-bristle brush and rinse.

Be a Screen Saver

Here’s another simple task that will save you money and defend against insects. If your window screens have seen better days, measure the screen, allowing a little extra along the perimeter. With new screen in hand, just pop out the old screen and plastic cording from the metal frame and insert the new screen with new cording. Trim the excess and voila!

Hanging It Up

Whether you are hanging artwork, a mirror, or need some vertical storage, it’s good to know how to locate studs for support. Bang on the wall where you want to hang the item and if it sounds solid, chances are there is a stud behind the wall. If the sound is hollow, keep looking. To be extra sure, use a stud finder that beeps when it detects nails, thus indicating the presence of a stud. If there are no studs where you’d like to hang the item, use wall anchors able to support the approximate weight.

Change HVAC Filters

Get the most from your heating and cooling systems by changing the filters every one-to-two months. Doing so not only helps keep dust, allergens, and bacteria from entering your living spaces, but provides increased operating efficiency to help extend equipment life.

Speaking of jobs better left for pros, Correct Temp can do much more to keep your heating and cooling systems in top working order with annual preventive maintenance. If you can’t remember the last time that service was provided, it’s probably been too long – and that’s a great reason to call us today.

DIY Home Maintenance Tips