Handy Housekeeping tips

house keepingHandy housekeeping tips

If there is one phrase which strikes more fear into the heart of the average woman than ‘house cleaning’ it is ‘housekeeping’.

Alright, we know plenty of men do it too and likely they are not such huge fans of it either. However, the fact is that it has to be done and the more easily, the better.

Housekeeping versus house cleaning

Just what you want; a little lecture on how these two delights differ. It is only because knowing just how they do helps in organisation which is key to getting both done as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

So what separates them is that while house cleaning is done on a fairly regular basis, housekeeping is not but is equally important to household management. Cleaning is dusting the top of the curtains every week.  Housekeeping is taking them down and washing them!

Cleaning is brushing out the hearth; housekeeping is getting the chimney cleaner in!

Let’s look at some tips for best housekeeping which don’t mean drudgery.

Be organised

Having a plan is half of the battle. Write up a rota for the big and small housekeeping tasks and keep on top of it. For example, putting bleach in the toilets is a daily task but deep cleaning the carpets is a twice-a-year job.

Also, make sure that all of your housekeeping paraphernalia is kept in a place you will remember. Ceiling brooms, polishes, special detergents and the toothbrush which cleans the intricate bits of silver all need to be kept in a safe place.

Call in the experts

Be kind to yourself; assess what you can reasonably do yourself and what you need to get professional help for. Cleaning out the dishwasher is likely something you can manage yourself but maybe you would prefer to hire someone to clean the carpets.

Polishing the silver is a manageable task but what about taking the curtains to the dry-cleaners? Decide what you can manage and are willing to spend time on and what you would rather hand over to professional hands.

Be safe

If a housekeeping job involves going up a ladder, don’t risk doing it alone. It’s easy to think accidents only happen to other people … until they happen to you that is!

An example is removing ceiling light fittings for cleaning. Do this with another person for your own safety and to avoid any smashed fittings or injured bodies.

A few words on window replacement

window replacementA window replacement is a must in every home after 15-20 years. The windows are one of the most affected parts when there are turbulent weather conditions and hence you need to ensure the window glasses are all strong and durable. Now, the backdated windows cannot guarantee the desired durability and resistance from hazardous weather which in turn calls for window replacement with modern glass windows. The article here is a short brief on the good perks of window replacement.

First of all, you must know that the old constructions didn’t use the shatterproof glass. This makes the older glass windows highly susceptible to breakage whenever there is a bad storm or if the local shoots a ball towards your house. It’s always a messy affair when the window glass shatters down which also raises obvious security questions. Thus, the home experts advise for a timely replacement of older glass windows with the newer ones since the modern windows are usually backed by cutting-edge shatterproof glass that guarantees solid protection for the windows- even in disasters or occasional accidents. With shatterproof glass you are also relieved from messy rooms, regular with broken glasses from old windows during storms.

Another important point to note here is that the old glass windows generally feature weak sealing. This results in high energy consumption by your home which also leads to the unwanted hike in the energy bills. Hence, it’s needed that you get new glass windows with dual glass panels. Unlike the single-glass panels (in older windows), the dual glass panels are designed to offer better sealing and insulation for your home. This will further help in saving from the undesired hike in the energy bills. Just make sure to settle with a reputed and seasoned home remodeler for your window replacement project.

Protecting Your Swimming Pool From Algae

Swimming Pool From AlgaeHomeowners that have swimming pools in their homes have to maintain and take care of them effectively on a regular basis. If the pool is not maintained appropriately then algae growth will take place in your swimming pool which will cause undesirable changes in the water quality of the pool.

Algae growth (black, yellow or green algae growth) in the swimming pool can become very irritating for the homeowner as once these organisms start growing in your swimming pool they cause a lot of nuisance to you and do not disappear that easily. Getting rid of algae from your pool is a difficult task. This article will highlight certain ways in which you can protect your swimming pool from these troublesome algae.

Give a shock treatment to your pool. Shock is simply a type of chlorine that is extremely concentrated. Once shock is added to your swimming pool, the survival of the algae will become next to impossible. After this treatment is done ensure that you check the levels of the chemicals in the pool and then allow people to enter it. Always monitor the alkaline and PH level of the swimming pool water. Sanitize your swimming pool using either bromine or chlorine every week or month especially during the summer season.

You can utilize algaecide to kill the algae quickly and algaecide (chemical composed of copper) will not allow algae to grow in your swimming pool again in the future. After the algae are dead, you can vacuum clean the swimming pool.

Acid wash can also help protect your pool from algae growth. This is done using a mixture of an acid and water. Acid wash can be done only in an empty pool. But you have to ensure that you remove every drop of acid and water mixture from the pool before it is filled with water again.