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Posted by OUR CAPE COD HOMES TEAM on 9/12/2017

Your kitchen is probably the room that you clean the most often. From dirty pots and pans to spilled food and drink to loading the dishwasher, thereís always something to clean in the kitchen. While you may wipe up the obvious places day after day, you may not notice the areas where dirt and grime tend to accumulate. Whether itís the places youíre often surface cleaning or other ďhiddenĒ places in the kitchen, youíre sure to find something that needs to be cleaned and has been overlooked in the kitchen. 


Places Most Often Cleaned In The Kitchen


Sink 

Stove

Countertops


Youíre probably already wiping these areas down at least once a day. They are the most used parts of the room. But, are you cleaning them well? Is there grime building up around the edge of the sink? Have you cleaned off the drain stopper recently? Has the space under the countertops been wiped down to eliminate dirt and grime? While we tend to focus on the visible parts of these areas, we really need to be focusing on the invisible parts. This is where the real dirt and grime build up over time. If you havenít cleaned these areas in a while, or (gasp) youíve never done cleaned them, youíll find theyíre pretty disgusting and need a little extra attention. 


The Space Between


While you may clean the front of your refrigerator, you probably neglect the sides of the fridge. Also, donít forget the refrigerator door handles. These can be  real breeding ground for germs and dirt. Grease, grime, and dust can also build up on the sides and on the floor along the sides of the fridge. A place to pay special attention to would be the space between the fridge and the counter. Even the floor space there. Also, donít forget about the creases in your counter, and even in your flooring (depending on the type of floor you have). Crumbs can get lodged in these crevices and cause a buildup. One of the simplest ways to clean these spaces is to wrap a butter knife around a cloth and run it around the edge of the creases. 


Donít Forget Your Small Appliances


Itís important to remember to clean in and around your small appliances in the kitchen every so often. Empty the crumb tray from your toaster. Wipe under the toaster, coffee maker, and knife block. Use something like an old toothbrush to get at any hard to reach places.


If you give your kitchen a deep clean every so often, youíll save yourself from a kitchen with a lot of hidden dirt and grime.




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Posted by OUR CAPE COD HOMES TEAM on 12/2/2014

Take a drive down any residential road in your town or city, and you're bound to notice a neglected porch or two. Is your porch giving your home the best face it can have? Could your porch use a little spice? Here's how to get the most out of your porch, whether it is only a few feet, or a covered area spanning the length of your home. 1. - Replace things when needed. New welcome mats, address numbers, doorknobs and deadbolts can breathe new life into your porch space. All of these experience significant wear-and-tear in only a short time, and replacing them when needed shows passers-by and potential home buyers that you live in a house that is well taken care of...Even down to the last detail. 2. - Don't be afraid to paint. Often times, painted areas on a porch can be overlooked. If you are in the middle of a deck painting, then don't hesitate to touch up your porch as a part of your project. 3. - Bring a little life onto your porch. Consider buying a few weather-hardy plants that could complement the color scheme of your home. Tasteful plant window boxes installed on the windows closest to your porch can make your porch appear much bigger than it is, and is an optical effect that will definitely work in your favor. Just be sure to pick plants that don't run afoul of your home's outdoor color scheme, and you'll find that bringing a little plant life onto and around your porch is a very enjoyable investment. 4. - Lighting is not only important for looks, but for safety as well. Make sure that your porch light is always in working order, and be sure to choose quality bulbs that match the wattage of the outlet. Some homes have faulty porch wiring, and sometimes lack proper lighting. If you are in one of these homes, consider making a project out of it. Proper lighting will show off your porch at night in all the right places, and will be a welcome safety addition for your family and visitors.





Posted by OUR CAPE COD HOMES TEAM on 4/22/2014

According to recent statistics, one in five people suffer from allergy and asthma symptoms. If you are one of these people, chances are that you've had an allergy attack in your home, with no clear definable cause as to what exactly set your symptoms in motion. Reducing the amount of allergens in your living space is not only beneficial from a cleanliness perspective, but in cleaning your home of potential allergens, you decrease the chances of having another spontaneous attack in your home. Floors - If you live in a home with hardwood floors, then consider yourself lucky. They attract much less dust than carpeting, and are much easier to clean and maintain. If you are in a carpeted home, then consider upgrading your vacuum to one that touts itself as being able to remove microscopic particles and allergens from the carpet. An upgrade in vacuums will usually work wonders for a house with allergy sufferers. Plush toys - Whether they belong to your pet or your child, plush toys are often overlooked as potential carriers of allergens. Make sure you wash them thoroughly on a regular basis. The same is true for pet bedding. Create an (almost) allergy-free room - Designate a room in your home to be the go-to place if you need a break from allergy symptoms. Use your bedroom if possible. Purchase allergen covers and casings for your bedding, keep pets from entering the room, and clean the room more often than you do the rest of the house. Curtains - Drapes, while being an attractive addition to the home, can collect dust, pollen, and mold spores. If you plan to add drapes to your windows, or refuse to give up the drapes you have, be prepared to give them the attention they'll need to keep them dust and allergen-free. Air - If you live in a home with central air, be sure to replace your air filters regularly. Keep your windows closed on days that seem to be giving you trouble, and keep your air setting on recirculate. This will ensure that the air in your home is constantly being scrubbed of potential allergy triggers.





Posted by OUR CAPE COD HOMES TEAM on 8/14/2012

Did you know you can clean your house with things you already have in the cabinets? No need to buy expensive cleaning products. Save time, money and clean with less chemicals by using everyday products. Here are some unusual ways to clean your home. Use white bread to: Dust an oil painting. Gently dab a slice of white bread over the surface to pick up dirt and grime. Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel. Use oatmeal to: Scrub very dirty hands. Make a thick paste of oatmeal and water; rinse well Use rice to: Clean the inside of a vase or a thin-necked bottle. Fill three quarters of the vessel with warm water and add a tablespoon of uncooked rice. Cup your hand over the opening, shake vigor-ously, and rinse. Use club soda to: Shine up a scuffed stainless-steel sink. Buff with a cloth dampened with club soda, then wipe dry with another clean cloth. Use hydrogen peroxide to: Disinfect a keyboard. Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide to get into those nooks and crannies. Use cornstarch to: Clean grease spills on carpets. Pour cornstarch onto spots and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes before vacuuming.




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Posted by OUR CAPE COD HOMES TEAM on 7/17/2012

Kitchens sell houses. So having a great looking kitchen is important if you are thinking of putting your home on the market or maybe you just need a fresh new look. Cabinets are one of the biggest expenses in a kitchen remodel but with a little elbow grease and creativity, you can update your kitchen cabinets without going through the hassle of an entire remodel. Here are some tips on how to make your kitchen look like new with a cabinet facelift. Give the a Good Cleaning You will be surprised what a good scrubbing can do. Heat, water, grease and food residue all take a serious toll on your cabinets.

  • If you choose to remove the doors, label or number them so you'll put them back in the right place.
  • Make sure to test any kind of cleaner before using it on the entire cabinet. Cleaners with large amounts of alcohol may cause the wood to dry and crack.
  • Clean and Update the Hardware Hardware gets greasy and grimy so make sure to clean those too.
  • Soak the hardware in a soapy-water solution for 30 minutes.
  • Scrub lightly with a soft brush and rinse.
  • Let dry and apply the proper polish.
  • You may decide instead to replace the hardware. In choosing the finish for your hardware, think about what style will look best in your home. Add Some Detail Add some detail to drab cabinets with moulding. Applying a contrasting finish or color is a quick and inexpensive way to change the look of your cabinets. Stripping and Refinishing If after cleaning your cabinets still need some help, you may decide to refinish or paint them
  • Make sure to remove all the cabinet doors and number them.
  • Liquid strippers work best, but be sure to use the gel or semi-paste types.
  • Place doors on a vertical surface. The finish won't drip as much.
  • Let the stripping agent do the work and start with an inconspicuous area.
  • Patch any conspicuous holes, scratches and nicks with wood filler. When dry, sand lightly to smooth out the patch. Before painting, sand lightly and prime.
  • Before painting remember that the wood expands and contracts with the seasons, which will cause the paint bead to separate and expose unpainted wood. So with a little hard work you can have a whole new look to your kitchen in no time.