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Home Improvement Tips for New Homeowners

Becoming a first time homeowner is very exciting. You now have a home all of your own. This means that you can decorate the rooms any way you want and change any aspect of the exterior to your heart’s delight. While this a thrilling prospect, you also have to consider that all home repairs are your complete and total responsibility. That’s because you no longer have a landlord to call when something goes awry. The good news is you can use the tips in this blog to learn how to take care of a few of those home related tasks.

Treat Carpet Stains the Right Way

There is a right way and a wrong way to clean your carpets. A lot of people will advise you to scrub the stains, but that will just work the stain into your carpet and make it very difficult to get rid off. Instead, try this approach:

  1. Take a clean cotton cloth and dab the stain up. A light dabbing motion is all you need to do. Don’t overdo it.

  2. Pour a cup of white vinegar over the stain, followed by a half a cup of baking soda. Do not use apple cider vinegar as this may stain your carpet since it’s not clear. Let this mixture stand for 10 minutes.

  3. Dab the vinegar and baking soda mixture up with another clean cloth.

 

Now, you may already know this, but it bears repeating that it’s a lot easier to clean up a fresh carpet stain than an old carpet stain. In fact, any professional carpet cleaning service will tell you that it takes more effort to clean a carpet stain that has had time to set in. Let the rule of thumb in your house be that all carpet stains are to be cleaned as soon as possible.

 

Keep Your Drains Clean

Want an easy tip to prevent clogged kitchen and bathroom sinks? You’ll be pleased to know that to do this all you need is water, a tea kettle, and a good memory. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Fill up your tea kettle with water.

  2. Sit down and relax until your tea kettle whistles.

  3. Pour all of that steaming hot water down your kitchen sink.

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 for your bathroom sink(feel free to sit down in a new relaxing spot).

  5. Remember to do this once a week.

  6. Remind yourself with an aptly placed sticky note on your refrigerator.

 

Keep Your Bathroom Mold Free

Want to know the easiest way to stop mold from growing in your bathroom? Here’s how:

  1. Open up a window and turn on a fan when you’re done showering. This will help ventilate your bathroom and let all of the moisture in the air out.

  2. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, then keep the door open and keep the fan running until your shower area  is nice and dry.

 

Stop Your Doors from Squeaking

A squeaky front door can be pretty annoying. In fact any door that squeaks can be a real bother, especially if you’re hypersensitive to noise. The great thing is there is a simple fix for this. Give this a go:

  1. Go to your favorite hardware store and pick up a bottle of WD-40.

  2. Spray the door hinges with WD-40.

  3. That’s all, you’re done.

 

Keep Your Toilet Unclogged

Unclogging a toilet is definitely not on top of anyone’s list of fun things to do for the day. However, if you stop using your toilet like a garbage can you can avoid the mess created by an overflowing toilet. Here are some items that should never be flushed down you toilet, unless you want to keep your local plumbing repair service on speed dial:

 

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Paper towels

  • Tissues

  • Floss

  • Fingernail clippings

  • Cotton balls

  • Kitty litter

  • Clay

  • Paper

  • Hair

 

All of the above items belong in the garbage can, so be sure to put one in your bathroom as soon as you can. If you don’t, your toilet will be clogged sooner than later.

 

Fill in Nail Holes on Your Wall

Nail holes on the interior walls of your home can be distracting. However, it’s truly takes no time at all to correct  Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Create a small indentation over the nail hole with a ball-peen hammer.

  2. Fill the indentation with joint compound from the drywall section at your local hardware store.

  3. Let it dry and relax a little.

  4. Sand over the spot with a small hand sander.

  5. Paint over the spot with a paint that contains primer.

  6. Let the paint dry.

 

Keep Your Garbage Disposal Smelling Fresh

Chances are that if you use your garbage disposal often, it will emit an unpleasant odor. Here are a few ways to get it smelling fresh as the day you moved into your home:

  1. Pour half a cup of vinegar down your kitchen sink.

  2. Cut up a few lemons and run them through your garbage disposal.

  3. Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda into a cup of hot water and pour it down your kitchen sink.

 

Lubricate Your Garage Door

Your garage door is much like your car in the sense that it has many working parts. Like your car, it needs regular maintenance to work well. While you can rely on your local garage door repair service for routine maintenance, you can take care of the lubrication on your own. Here’s how:

  1. Go to your hardware store and purchase white lithium based grease specifically designed for garage doors.

  2. Spray it on the hinges, rollers, springs, and railing.

  3. Do this every few months to keep your garage door opening and shutting correctly.

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