During our day to day lives, our homes can take a beating and begin to show some wear. Stains in the carpet, your toddler's artwork on the walls, scratches in the hardwood, and drains that don’t empty as quickly as they used to, may be just a few things you ‘re combating. These may be things you have learned to live with, but when the day comes that you are expecting visitors or showing your home to sell, these things may be something you want to fix. Here are a few quick fixes for some of the most common household accidents and flaws.
To properly tackle stains in your carpet, it helps to know what caused them. If you have stains resulting from red wine, Kool-Aid, or cranberry juice tackle it with a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water and place in a spray bottle. Apply liberally and let sit for five minutes. Blot away with a clean towel. Follow it with a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 1 part water solution and rinse thoroughly. If you find that you have gum in your carpet, remove by first freezing it. Place a Ziploc bag of ice on it and once it is solid scrape it off, with a no longer used credit card or similar plastic card.
Stains on the walls can come in many forms such as crayon, permanent marker, pen, or just dirty hand prints. To remove crayon from a wall sprinkle some baking soda on a moist cloth and simply rub gently. Gently is the key word, as the mixture is abrasive and you don’t want to do further damage. To handle permanent marker stains reach for hairspray or sunscreen to help remove it. Spray on a cloth and dab the stain to remove. Don’t leave it on the stain for an extended period of time. To remove pen or marker stains from the walls of your home spray shaving cream that foams. Let sit for approximately ten minutes and then wipe clean.
Hardwood is beautiful in a home but can easily become scratched. From a scrape to a small gauge it can be fixed by a walnut. Begin rubbing the scratch with the inside of a walnut back and forth along the length of the blemish until the color returns to the wood. This same can be done to wood furniture scratches as well.
Slow Draining and Clogged Sinks
If your sinks are draining slow or become clogged don’t reach for Drano first. Instead, pour boiling hot water down your drain followed by ½ cup of baking soda, and then chase it with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup very hot water. If you have a drain plug place it over the drain and allow it to set for 10 minutes while the reaction occurs. After 10 minutes, pour another pot of boiling hot water down the drain.
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