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Two Natural, Homemade Cleaners That Remove Pet Odors From Your Home

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Are you having trouble getting pet urine smells out of your furniture or specific spots on your carpet or rugs? If so, you aren’t alone. Pet owners regularly struggle with removing pet odors from their homes. However, there are some simple solutions that pet owners often overlook or don’t know about. Learn how to make and use natural homemade cleaners that remove odors caused by pet urine.      Vinegar and Baking Soda Spray Cleaner A vinegar and baking soda spray is great to use on stained areas of your carpet or furniture. White vinegar has the ability to get rid of older stains and baking soda is a natural deodorizer, so you can use this mixture to get rid of old or new urine stains. What you need: Large glass measuring cup 2 cups of warm water 2 cups of white vinegar 4 tablespoons of baking soda Mixing spoon Empty spray bottle A clean rag or paper towels Directions: Combine two cups of warm water and two cups of white vinegar in your measuring cup. Add four tablespoons of baking soda, slowly so that it doesn’t fizz. Let the mixture settle for a few minutes. Then stir gently to combine the ingredients. Slowly, pour the mixture into an empty spray bottle. How to use vinegar and baking soda spray: Use a rag or paper towel to blot the area that you’re cleaning. You want to remove as much of the urine as possible. Spray your vinegar and baking soda mixture on the area, thoroughly, and let it sit for five minutes. Use a clean rag or paper towels to gently rub and blot the area removing the rest of the urine. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Mixture Hydrogen peroxide breaks down pet urine so that it’s easily removed from carpet or fabric. When you combine hydrogen peroxide with baking soda, you have a cleaner that removes both stains and odors easily. You will need: 1/2-cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide 1 teaspoon of dish soap A medium-sized bowl Paper towels 1 cup of baking soda Scrub brush Directions: Combine 1/2-cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon of dish soap in a medium-sized bowl. Fill a one-cup-sized measuring cup with baking soda. Take your bowl, measuring cup of baking soda, and paper towels to the area that you’re cleaning. How to use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to clean pet urine stains: Use paper towels to blot up as much of the urine as possible. When you can’t pull any more urine from the carpet, cover the stained area with baking soda. Slowly, pour the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap mixture over the stain and the baking soda. Use a scrub brush to scrub the mixture into the carpet. Then, let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Vacuum the cleaned area thoroughly. Removing pet urine odors from your carpet, rug, or other fabrics in your home isn’t difficult. And, the best part is all you need are a few common household items to get the job done. For further assistance, contact a local pet odor removal company, such as Chem Dry...

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3 Creative Ways To Decorate A Chain Link Fence

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Chain link fencing from a company like Four Corners Fencing is a durable addition to any yard perimeter. But while some love the simple look of the open metal fencing, others yearn for something a bit more visually interesting. Luckily, it’s neither difficult nor overly expensive to add a touch of creativity to your chain link fencing. Bamboo or Reed Rolls Head to your local hardware store and look in the fencing department for bamboo or reed rolls. These light-colored wood rolls are essentially segments of fencing that is unrolled similarly to how the chain link was installed. But instead of replacing your chain link fence with an equivalent amount of bamboo or reed, you can use the wood fencing as an accent. Call your fencing company for help installing segments of bamboo or reed fencing. You can install entire segments of the wood fencing over the existing chain link, alternating so that there are bare sections of chain between sections of wood. Or you or your fencing contractor can cut the wood into strips. You can weave these strips between the links to create an interesting, textured pattern all around your yard. Using the patchwork method will make one roll of wood fencing stretch further and help with your yard budget. Paint and Plant Boxes Hanging plant boxes from the chain link is one of the most common tips around. But you can add more visual interest by first painting the chain link a color that will either compliment or contrast the flowers in the boxes. For example, use a bright teal to offset pink poppies growing in the boxes. You can paint your entire fence or simply the panels behind the flower boxes. Use one color or several colors in the same family for an ombre effect. Make sure you use a weather- and rust-proof paint on the fence so that your hard work doesn’t chip off during the next hard rain. Trellis and Vines Tall trellis panels are an interesting alternative to lattice when decorating a chain link fence. You can stagger the trellis panels at various points on the fence to create dimension and the illusion of a taller fence. No trellis is complete without a crawling vine. You can either plant real vines, and wait for the crawling to happen, or you can weave artificial flowering vines up the trellis and onto the neighboring chain link fencing. Chain link is one of the better fence materials for supporting vines as the organic material won’t cause staining or rot the way it can with wood...

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Answering A Couple Of Important Questions About Sprinkler Systems

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Watering your lawn can be an extremely inconvenient and time intensive task to do, and it should come as no surprise that many homeowners will opt to install an automatic sprinkler system to help them better manage this aspect of homeownership. However, if this is an upgrade that you have only recently started to consider, you will likely be able to benefit from having a couple of important question answered about these irrigation systems.   Will Installing Irrigation Systems Cause Your Water Bill To Go Up? A common concern for many homeowners is the threat that their water bills will substantially increase following the installation of a sprinkler system. While this may seem logical, it is important to note that whether this happens will depend on a couple of important factors. One of the more important factors related to how much you are manually watering the lawn, and the other centers around the type of sprinkler system that is installed.  It is actually possible to install a high-efficiency sprinkler system, and these systems will often use a fraction of the amount of water that other alternatives to will use. For those that are wanting the maximum water savings, a drip irrigation system may be the best option because these systems will lose the least amount of water to evaporation.  What Is Needed To Prepare The Sprinkler System For The Winter? The winter months can be bitterly cold temperatures, and this can present the threat of frozen pipes. While you may be familiar with the steps needed to protect your home’s plumbing from this problem, you may not know how to prepare your sprinkler system for the grueling winter. However, this is essential to prevent the buried pipes or sprinkler heads from rupturing and leaking.  Fortunately, most sprinkler systems make it relatively simple to perform this type of preventive maintenance. There is often a mode on the central control panel that will allow you to force any water in the pipes out of the sprinkler heads. In addition to this step, you will need to raise the sprinkler heads at least once every couple of weeks during the winter to prevent the soil around it from becoming impacted. If this happens, the sprinkler heads will be unable to operate until you manually remove the soil over each one.  The installation of a sprinkler system can be one of the most effective ways of reducing the amount of time you must spend keeping your lawn alive. By understanding that these systems will not automatically make your water bill more expensive and the steps to keep them safe from winter damage, you can better understand what owning these systems will be...

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Color, Emotion, And Focus: Choosing Flowers For Arrangements

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Flower arranging can seem intimidating – there are so many colors, shapes, and sizes of flowers out there to choose from. Whether you’re arranging your flowers yourself or giving direction to a professional, though, it helps to have a little background on how flowers and colors can create different effects. Focal Arrangements Making a flower arrangement into the focus of a room’s décor generally involves a combination of size and visual interest; smaller arrangements, no matter how beautiful, do not have the same impact. Because of this, they are a little more limited in what types of flowers are used. Taller flowers like lilies, cherry blossoms, or delphiniums work best; however, flowers you think of as “short” may only be cut that way for regular vases, so check for long-stem varieties before writing any flower off. In order to keep the flowers as the point of interest, the vase should be kept simple. Single colors and uncomplicated shapes are good, as are clear vases. If you will be keeping the same color of flowers in the vase, consider choosing a different shade of the same color for the vase. A paler or darker shade works very well to accentuate the flowers; don’t choose a brighter shade, or the flowers will be overshadowed by the vase. Focal Vases If, on the other hand, you want a stunning vase to be the focus and the flowers to complement it, you’ll want to make your floral arrangement attractive but unassuming. Choosing a single color of flower – or even a single type of flower – helps keep things simple. Flowers with small blooms and more greenery also help. Some people even display no blooms at all, such as in twig and branch arrangements. Calming Colors Flower arrangements don’t have to be focal; however, it’s more common to use them to enhance a room rather than stand on their own. When it comes to choosing colors for smaller flower arrangements, consider whether you want them to seem soothing and calming or whether you’re looking for bold and striking. For calm arrangements, you want colors that are close to each other on the color wheel – think of how similar red, orange, and yellow look, or blue and purple. Using different shades of the same color also works well. Stay away from brighter colors and choose darker or pastel colors instead. For example, while red may not seem like a soothing color, turning it into a pastel pink makes it fit with a calm arrangement. Striking Colors If you’re looking for a brighter and more energetic arrangement, it makes sense to choose brighter and more vivid colors. Using multiple colors together, rather than different shades of the same color, is also good. To choose multiple colors, look for colors that are across from each other on the color wheel – called complementary colors. Blue and orange, for instance, are complementary colors, as are yellow and purple. One of the reasons red flowers look so energetic is that they are bright and also are the complementary color of their green foliage. A business like Fasan Florist can help you put together arrangements that best fit your home and...

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What To Do If Your Door Lock Gets Jammed

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If you have ever tried to open your door lock and the key gets jammed, you know how frustrating it can be. Luckily, there are some ways to gain entry even if this happens. Here are some tips about what to do when the door lock gets jammed. Use Graphite The first thing you can do to un-jam a stuck door lock is by using graphite. There are two ways to do this: you can either spray liquid graphite directly into the keyhole or coat your key with powdered graphite. Both will effectively help to dislodge he lock. Graphite works great as a lubricant for a door lock. If the lock tumblers inside the lock have gotten clogged, the graphite helps to loosen the debris so you can open the lock. Jiggle the key after using the graphite to help remove some of that debris so you can unlock it. Try a Key Extractor If you can get to the hardware store for tools, you might want to pick up a key extractor. This tool helps to remove your key from the lock when it gets stuck. Before using the tool, spray a lubricant oil into the keyhole around where the key is stuck inside. Take the barbed end of the key extractor and insert it into the hole so that the barbed teeth face the key’s teeth inside the keyhole. Move the extractor up and down to hook the key on the teeth. Now you should be able to pull away the extractor and remove the key with it. Remove the Faceplate Some types of door locks, such as those used on apartment doors, have a faceplate that can be removed in order to access where the key is jammed. If you have a surface-mounted rim lock or mortise lock, you should be able to unscrew the faceplate of the lock. This doesn’t give you access into the door, but can help you free the key. Look on the edge of the door for the faceplate and unscrew it from the door. You will now have the cylinder exposed. Turn the screws clockwise; this should help release your key. Call a Locksmith When all else fails, calling a professional locksmith like Bob’s Lock & Key is your last resort. Locksmiths will not only be able to get your key out of the lock without damaging it, but can address the issue that jammed it in the first...

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Increase Your Homes Value With These 3 Home Improvements

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If you want to increase your home’s value, you should consider doing more than improving your curb appeal and giving it a fresh coat of paint. You can get a better return on your investment by completing home improvement projects. These renovations are not overly complicated and can help you sell your home for a higher price. Add a Wood Deck Outdoor features can add to your home’s value, especially when they are custom, built-in models. One way to do this is by having a wood patio installed in the backyard. This goes beyond the traditional concrete patios and adds more interest and style. Depending on the style of your home, the deck can either replace a patio, or you can have a wraparound deck that goes all the way around the house. Home buyers that spend a lot of time entertaining and being outdoors will appreciate this add-on. Remodel the Kitchen For many people, the kitchen is the most used room of the house. It makes sense that completing a kitchen remodel would add to your home’s value and give you a better return on your investment when it is time to sell. The kitchen remodel doesn’t have to cost you $30,000 either. You can easily complete a small kitchen remodel that increases your home’s value and is still within your budget. Instead of replacing all of the cabinets and bases, paint them and add new hardware. Other smaller kitchen remodeling projects include replacing the old appliances with stainless steel, installing new flooring, changing the light fixtures, or replacing the countertops. If you choose just one or two of these, you won’t spend more than your budget but your kitchen will be upgraded. You can visit local kitchen display centers, such as Stone Forest Kitchen & Bath Center, for inspiration and ideas. Get a New Front Door IS your front door outdated and starting to look worn? Unless it has an antiqued or vintage look, that door is probably taking away from your home’s value and reducing your curb appeal. The front door is often one of the main focal points at the front of your house, so make sure you have the best one available. If it is made of wood, you can sand it and put a new coat of paint on it. However, you might want to replace it altogether. Go with a new door that matches the overall style of your home and it will make a big difference. These home improvements are not difficult to do, but you can also hire a contractor to complete them for you. Your home’s value will be increased and they might even help you sell your house...

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Hosting A Nighttime Royal Wedding In Your Yard

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If you are in the planning process for a wedding, and you are interested in having it held in a backyard setting, consider having it during twilight or nighttime hours for an unexpected twist. In the summertime, the heat can be hard on older folks and can drain people of energy quickly. Hosting your party outside after the sun has gone down, can be an exciting way to take your vows in a unique way. Here are some tips you can use to host your own outdoor nighttime wedding event, incorporating a majestic royal theme into the mix. Lighting Since your guests will be showing up around the time the sun goes down, you will want to have ample lighting available for visibility and also to set the mood. To add a bit of enchantment to your wedding, place outdoor candle lanterns along the aisle to light the way for the wedding party toward the front of the viewing area. Place twinkling lights in trees to give off a mystical aura. Companies like Alive With Items offer a variety of lanterns to choose from. Decor The lighting will set the mood to make a perfect setting for a fairy tale princess/prince theme. Sparkles or shades of lavender, pink, periwinkle or meadow would all work wonderfully at giving the atmosphere a bit of a whimsical feel. Use glitter to decorate the dance floor area, and hang a few more candle lanterns around the perimeter of the dance floor area to get people in the mood for romance.  Apparel For women, pick out ball gowns with billowing skirts, beaded sashes, and rhinestone accents. Sparkling silver shoes would match beautifully, and any wedding party members can pick out similar outfits in a pastel shade of your choosing. Make sure the bride wears a rhinestone crown for the full effect. For men, opt for suits with tails with sashes matching the colors of the bridesmaid’s gowns. Silver cuff links and watches would look stunning. Food For a menu fit for royalty, serve food on silver platters with goblets for beverages. Use linen napkins with stitched hems or monograms. Consider serving foods prevalent in medieval times, such as turkey, beef of brisket or ham. Make sure there are plenty of fruits and cheeses displayed elaborately.  Extras Paint a box with gold paint and decorate it to look like a castle. This can be displayed on a table covered with a sparkling silver table covering, for guests to place their monetary gifts inside for the happy couple. Use a set of crowns to place on the cake for a cake topper. Have candy jewels incorporated into the decorations on the cake, giving it a flashy look for spectators as they pass by to take a...

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Need New Countertops? Here’s How Granite And Quartz Compare

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If you’re planning to update your kitchen with high-end countertops, you’ll probably want to choose between granite and quartz. Either choice would be good and either would give your kitchen a true gourmet feel. Each material has its own advantages, so here are some comparison points to help you decide which one is best for you. Maintenance Quartz countertops are practically maintenance free. Of course, you’ll have to wipe up spills and crumbs, but since the stone isn’t porous, you don’t have to worry about it soaking up water or wine and forming stains. Granite, on the other hand, is porous. That means even water will cause an ugly stain if you don’t seal your countertop. Fortunately, sealing your counter is not a big deal. It’s as easy as applying car wax and you only have to do it about once a year or so. But if you want to eliminate the risk of stains, then quartz is the best choice. Durability Since both materials are made of stone, they are very hard and durable. Quartz is a little harder and less prone to cracking, although neither stone is indestructible. Each type should stand up well to normal kitchen wear and tear, however if you drop a hammer or some other hard object on your counter, it’s possible either one would crack. When it comes to durability, these two materials are a very close match. Appearance Granite shows seams more so than quartz. If visible seams bother you, then quartz is the better choice. Granite shows seams more readily because it is mined directly from the quarry in a single big chunk. Each piece has it’s own unique color and grain. Therefore, it is impossible to exactly match another piece that continues the flow of grain, and the seam will stand out. Quartz is made from crushed stone mixed with colored pigments and resin. If the pieces need to be seamed together, the seam is much less visible since the color and pattern is identical on both sides of the seam. If you choose dark quartz, seams will be practically invisible. Variety Granite comes in a few different shades, but there isn’t nearly as much variety as you get with quartz since color pigments are added when it’s manufactured. If you want a unique decorating scheme, you may want to choose quartz, so you have a variety of colors and patterns to choose from. You can choose from a solid color, or a pattern that resembles granite or marble. In the end, your choice between quartz and granite may come down to your personal preference based on appearance. You may prefer the more classic look of a granite slab over a modern quartz color. They are both attractive choices for an upscale kitchen, so it’s hard to go wrong no matter what you...

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Remove Permanent Marker From Just About Any Surface In Your Home

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When you have children living in your home, their artwork never fails to end up on more than just paper. Being able to clean permanent marker off of many different surfaces in your home will ensure that your home always looks as good as it can. Use the following guide to learn how to remove permanent marker marks from many different surfaces in your home. Carpets If your little artist got marker on your white carpets, you first need to vacuum up any dirt and dander on the carpet. This will allow you to clean the area better because there is nothing standing between you and the stain. Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean, dry rag and dab the area with the alcohol. The alcohol will break down the molecular structure of the marks so that it will release from the carpet. Allow the carpet to dry and repeat the process again and again until the marks are removed. It could take quite a few attempts to remove the ink. Walls When marks are made on the walls, you may think that you have to completely repaint your walls so that you cover the marks rather than remove them. This is not necessary though. Apply some hand sanitizer to a clean rag and rub the wall until the marks come clean from the wall. The hand sanitizer will not damage the paint on your walls as you remove the marks. Glass If your little one has created beautiful artwork on a mirror, window, or glass door with a permanent marker, there is no need to stress about the situation. Write over the marks with a dry erase marker. Wipe the marker away with a clean, dry cloth. When you wipe away the dry erase marks, the permanent marker marks will wipe away with it. Floors If you have permanent marks on your linoleum floor, spray the marks with hairspray. Allow the spray to sit for about two minutes and then mop the area. The spray will pull the ink away from the floor so that it can easily be wiped away. Keeping your home looking great can be difficult when you have children living with you. Kids make messes, but knowing how to clean them up quickly and effectively will allow you to save money because you will not have to replace damaged items in your home as often. Talk to a professional like Carpeteria for more...

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Learn How To Have Tree Limbs Safely Removed From Your Trees

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Having a beautifully manicured yard often starts with the trees. There are many people who do not realize how much of an impact the trees they have in their yard make on the overall look of the landscape. If you have large trees, they could be blocking your flowers and shrubs from getting the proper amount of sunlight they need to thrive, you may need to have the limbs trimmed. The following guide will help you learn how a tree removal company can help prune some of the branches of your trees to improve the overall look of your yard. Determine the Situation The tree removal specialist may come to your home a few different times to look at your yard. The specialist will be looking at your trees to determine where they cast shadows at different times of day. There are some limbs that will only block plants from sunlight a few hours of the day and some that will constantly block the sunlight. The limbs that consistently block the sunlight are the ones that will be removed. Quote You a Price The tree removal specialist will quote you a price for the pruning next. The price will include all of the materials they need to remove the tree limbs, their time to remove the limbs, and the hauling for having the limbs hauled away once they are cut down from the trees. Prepare to Remove the Limbs Next, the remover will set up all of the equipment he or she needs to be able to remove the limbs from your trees. Some of the limbs may be very high in the trees and the remover has a special harness that wraps around the tree and secures him or her to it so that they do not have to worry about falling as they cut down the limbs. There will also be lines in place to allow the remover to safely guide the limbs down the tree once they cut them. Cut Down the Limbs Next, the remover will finally start cutting down the limbs. The remover will tie the guide line to the limb before cutting it and then once the limb is cut, it will hang from the tree. The remover will guide the limb down the tree with the rope until it gently hits the ground. This ensures that none of your property is damaged as the limbs are removed. Removing tree limbs from a tree can take some time if it is done correctly. You do not want to risk the remover or your property by rushing the process. Be patient and give the remover the space that he or she needs to do the job the right way. For more information, check out companies such as McGinty Bros., Inc. Professional Lawn & Tree...

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