Cape Coral/SW Florida News.....September 2011
State and National News:
- Appliances Energy Star Program Read more….
- Rental Market is heating up Read more…
- Feds release final guide for toxic Chinese Drywall Read more…
Taxes, Insurance and more:
- Cape Coral budget approved Read more…
Cape Coral and SW Florida News:
The inventory of homes for sale has decreased by 39.4% Read more…
Cape Coral listed as one of the best places to retire Read more…
- Cape Coral ranked 2nd safest city in Florida to drive in Read more…
Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Fall Guide Read more…
Lee County Home Permits rise Read more…
- Building permits up Read more…
- What experts say about Lee County housing market Read more…
- The Iwo Jima Monument in Cape Coral Read more…
Real Estate Tips:
- De-clutter the kid’s room Read more…
- Accent your walls Read more…
- Secret places to store things Read more…
- Anglers reporting mixed results Read more…
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Cleaning House: Secrets of a Truly Deep Clean
By: Jane Hoback
Published: January 14, 2011
Deep clean your house and you’ll brighten rooms and help maintain your home’s value.
De-bug the light fixtures
See that bug burial ground within your overhead fixtures? Turn off the lights and carefully remove fixture covers, dump out flies and wash with hot soapy water. While you’re up there, dust bulbs. Dry everything thoroughly before replacing the cover.
Vacuum heat vents and registers
Dirt and dust build up in heat vents and along register blades. Vents also are great receptacles for coins and missing buttons. Unscrew vent covers from walls or pluck them from floors, remove foreign objects, and vacuum inside the vent. Clean grates with a damp cloth and screw back tightly.
To deep clean brass door hinges, handles, and cabinet knobs, thoroughly wipe with a damp microfiber cloth, then polish with Wright’s or Weiman brass cleaner ($4). Dish soap shines up glass or stainless steel knobs. Use a Q-tip to detail the ornamental filigree on knobs and handles.
Replace grungy switch plates
Any amateur can wipe a few fingerprints off cover plates that hide light switches, electric outlets, phone jacks, and cable outlets. But only deep cleaners happily remove plates to vacuum and swipe the gunk behind. (OK, we’re a little OCD when it comes to dirt!) Make sure cover plates are straight when you replace them. And pitch plates that are beyond the help of even deep cleaning. New ones cost less than $2 each.
Neaten weather stripping
Peeling, drooping weather stripping on doors and windows makes rooms look old. If the strip still has some life, nail or glue it back. If it’s hopeless, cut out and replace sections, or just pull the whole thing off and start new. A 10-ft. roll of foam weather stripping costs $8; 16-ft. vinyl costs about $15.
Replace stove drip pans
Some drip pans are beyond the scrub brush. Replacing them costs about $3 each and instantly freshens your stove.
Jane Hoback is a veteran business writer who has written for the Rocky Mountain News, Natural Foods Merchandiser magazine, and ColoradoBIZ Magazine.
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