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Cleaning Tips for the Holidays

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1. Make a cleaning tote to save time. 

Make a cleaning tote to make things easier for the holiday.

You’ll want to grab a couple of caddies and fill it with all of your favorite cleaning supplies. Place one in each room of your house. No more running all over to find the things that you need. Plus having everything in one place will save a ton of time.  Cleaning wipes, disinfecting sprays and microfiber cloths are a just few items that I would recommend having on hand.

2. Use dryer sheets to dust and clean.

The anti-static chemicals in dryer sheets work wonderfully to repel dust. Grab a few sheets to dust your baseboards as well as your furniture to keep them dust free. They also work really well to clean your chrome faucets.

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Tips to Prevent Mold on Your Home’s Siding

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Tips to Prevent Mold on Your Home’s Siding

You might typically associate mold growth with damp, dark interior spaces, but your home’s exterior siding can be susceptible to mold growth, as well. Excessive moisture and humidity can create an attractive environment for mold growth on several kinds of siding, including low-maintenance vinyl. Learn more about what causes mold on vinyl siding and other materials, and discover how you can reduce the risk of a dangerous or costly mold outbreak on your home’s exterior.

Causes of Mold on Siding

Siding is designed to allow rainwater and other types of moisture to run off the exterior walls of your home, but even otherwise durable siding can be susceptible to unsightly and mold growth under certain conditions. Excessive rains or continual contact with water (such as from a lawn sprinkler) can increase the moisture content on and under your siding, thereby elevating your risk of mold. Since some mold types may need humidity to grow, warm and humid weather conditions can also help make circumstances ripe for a mold outbreak on your siding.

How to Choose and Use Smoke Detectors

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How to Choose and Use Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors strategically placed around the home can save lives. In fact, according to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when working smoke alarms are present. Use these helpful tips from the experts at ServiceMaster Restore® to determine the best type of smoke alarm for your home and the appropriate places to install them to keep your loved ones and your home safe.

Types of smoke detectors

While there are several brands of smoke alarms available, most fall under two categories: ionization and photoelectric. Each one detects different types of fires.

Ionization smoke alarms

These alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Ionization smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, ionizing the air and creating an air current between the plates. If smoke enters, it will disrupt the flow of ions, causing the current to stop and the alarm to activate.

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August’s Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

Another month is here and that means another monthly home maintenance checklist. Read below to see how to keep your home in tip-top shape this summer.

1. Clean Ceiling Fans

  • If the temperatures are warm, you’ll no doubt be using your ceiling fans. Make sure to clean them using a duster or wet cloth. You can use your manufacturer’s owners’ manual to ensure that you’re maintaining your ceiling fans properly

2. Repair Toilets

  • It’s a good time to take a look at your eater levels in your toilet and check to see if your float is in the right position for a strong flush, as well as the state of the flapper in your toilet. Replace any parts that are falling into disrepair.

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