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Rid Your Coastside Home Of Odors Naturally With These Tips

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

There are many options available to consumers today when it comes to removing odors in the home. When it comes down to it, how often do things that are clean have an odor?   Focus on cleaning and freshening up instead of just covering up odors.  Many commercial products strictly work by covering up odors and are usually full of chemicals that are dangerous. They are known to not only negatively impact the environment, but also can be harmful to humans and pets. The good news is that there are ways you can rid your coastside home of odors the natural way.

To rid your home of odors, first begin by knowing what causes them.  Odors are a result of bacteria and in order for bacteria to grow it needs dark places.  A large step in freeing your home of odors is to break any habit that is causing them. This means if you are not hanging damp towels on the towel bar to dry and instead throwing them on the floor - stop.  Allowing wet items to dry before placing them in the hamper and frequently taking out the trash are a few easy ways to prevent odors.

Here are a few other tips to help combat odors in your home naturally.

  • Baking soda is known for being a natural deodorizer. Place a bowl of baking soda in your refrigerator to combat odors, sprinkle it in stinky shoes, and while cleaning your trash can, you can add it to the warm soapy water.  To clean odors in your carpet sprinkle it with baking soda and allow to set for an hour. Then remove by vacuuming. Don’t worry; it won’t ruin your carpet.
  • Vinegar is another natural deodorizer that works by neutralizing bacteria that is causing the odor.  When cleaning add vinegar to your cleaning routine.
  • Add houseplants in your home. Plants work to naturally clean the air and remove odors as well.  The addition of fragrant herbs in your home such as lavender or mint makes for a great addition also.
  • Natural fragrances can bring pleasant aromas into your coastside home. Good quality essential oils are the perfect thing to use when it comes to making your own air freshener.  Place a few drops of your favorite essential oil into a spray bottle with water and spritz throughout the home.

A few changes in your everyday habits can help remove foul odors from your coastside home eliminating the need for commercial spray deodorizers that are full of harmful chemicals.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Quick Fixes For The Most Common Household Accidents And Flaws

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

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.

Carpet Stains

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.

Wall Stains

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.

Wood Scratches

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.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach,Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.


46th Annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

For the 46th consecutive year, Half Moon Bay is happy to announce the return of the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival, this Saturday and Sunday.  Known as the “World Pumpkin Capital,” you are in for a festival like no other along Main Street.  As in years past, there will be display of enormous carved pumpkins (think Volkswagen-size), 4 stages of smashing entertainment for all ages, live music, homemade crafts and foods, haunted house, and giant pumpkin photos. Perhaps you could pick up a few pointers from expert pumpkin carver, Farmer Mike, who celebrates his 30th year at the festival carving pumpkins from  300-pounds to larger than 1,500-pounds each.  Also view the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture, which measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high, and weighs nearly 10,000 pounds, by artist Peter Hazel.

Throughout the festival take time to stroll through all the booths down Main Street where you will find everything pumpkin from fudge to pie available for purchase.  For the kids, stop by the “Kiddie Land,” where you can make your own pumpkin scented playdough and run, jump, and bounce in the waterballerz.  Children will also enjoy the fun zip-line and the super inflatables located in Stone Pine Center.

The festival opens Saturday and Sunday morning with a pancake breakfast at Mac Dutra Park at 7:00AM. The rest of Saturday’s events officially begin at 9:00AM. Dress in your favorite costume and head to the costume contest at 10:00AM and be sure to not miss the Great Pumpkin Parade at noon.  A crowd favorite is the pie eating contest that begins at 2:00PM for those under the age of 11 and at 2:15pm for those over the age of 12 at the Bank of America Lot.

Sunday after the pancake breakfast, take part in the Pumpkin Run/Walk on Coastside Trail. There will also be a second pie eating contest with the same time schedule as Saturday.

This year’s festival will also feature outstanding exhibits that feature Organic, Natural, Healthy, and Eco-Friendly products.  Stop by and enjoy free samples while learning first-hand how they can help you live a healthier and greener lifestyle.

If you are looking to do some home improvement projects, don’t miss the various product displays on site.

There will be plenty of food available at the food court along with entertainment and wine booths at the event.

Sports fanatics don’t have to worry about missing their favorite game this weekend.  Head to the Comcast Take 5 Lounge and enjoy your favorite game on the giant LED screen.  While there enjoy the famous Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale or a selection of the other fine craft brews provided by the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

Bring the entire family, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  Best of all, admission is FREE. There is so much to do, plan on making a day of the event as to not miss out on something. Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume and keep an eye out for Gourdy, the mischievous event mascot.

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Sunday, October 16th


For more information regarding this event download the FREE Pumpkin Festival mobile app. If you plan to cycle to the event, bicycle parking will be available at the Bike Works parking lot with a suggested donation of $5 per bicycle. All proceeds will go towards The Heal Project.

Solar Energy Myths

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

As a responsible coastside resident, we are sure you do your part to help make our environment a better place.  Residents today are more knowledgeable about the impact we have on our environment than ever before.  However, there are a few myths you may have heard about when it comes to solar energy and we are here to share the truth.

There won’t be solar power on cloudy days.

You may be under the impression that on a day when it’s not sunny your solar panels will not work.  The good news is that solar panels absorb all kinds of light from UV, direct sunlight, and infrared rays which are still able to reach panels on those cloudy days.  The panels then store energy in battery cells for use in the future. This is why your house can still have power on a cloudy day.

They only work when it’s warm

Don’t fall for the myth that solar panels work their best only when it’s warm. In fact, they thrive in cooler weather as they function by trapping light and not heat.  Along the coast we don’t have to worry about snow, but we do have occasional rain.  Rain is also beneficial to your system as it helps to clean out the system.

They are a lot of maintenance

You may be under the impression that owning solar panels require a lot of maintenance.  In the past, they were known to break which required multiple visits from trained professionals. However, today’s systems don’t have moving parts and are very dependable.  You should have them routinely inspected to keep them in good working order. If for some reason they would fail to work, you will find it is usually covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

They are costly

A decade ago, installing solar panels on your coastside home could have broken the bank.  Today however, prices continue to drop each year.  On top of reduced costs, there are many rebates available to homeowners from both the federal government and state. 

After installing solar panels you can expect to save substantially on your energy bill.  Many homeowners see a savings up to 15% annually.  Not only will it save you on your energy bill, it will also increase the value of your home.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

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