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Posted by Realty Vision on 3/26/2015

The kitchen sponge is one of the dirtiest things in the kitchen. They are used for washing dishes, cleaning kitchen appliances and wiping up food spills. Sponges can harbor harmful bacteria and when left unsantized can spread food-borne illnesses and bacteria all over your kitchen. In order to prevent contamination, you should sterilize your sponges weekly. Here is a simple way to clean your sponge and create a healthier kitchen environment: Things You Will Need:

  • Cool water
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave
1. Rinse the sponge with cool water and wring out any excess liquid. 2. Pour 1/2 cup of cool water in a microwave safe bowl. 3. Lay the sponge in the bowl of cool water. 4. Place the bowl in the microwave. 5. Microwave on the highest heat setting for 2 minutes. 6. Let the bowl cool completely before removing it from the microwave. 7. Do not remove the sponge from the bowl until the water has cooled thoroughly. Note: If you don't have a microwave you can substitute a dishwasher's drying cycle for the two minutes in the microwave.  





Posted by Realty Vision on 3/5/2015

They were all the rage in the 80's and 90's but now wallpaper borders are an annoying eyesore and can also be difficult to remove. Here are four quick and easy steps to follow to get your home back into a newer decorating millennium. Step 1 – Get out the hairdryer First, heat the border with a hairdryer. Gently pull at the border to see if it will come off. If the border doesn't budge move on to the next step. Step 2 – Mist and scrape Mist the border with warm water in a small spray gun. Next, scrape it gently but firmly with a plastic scraper. If it is still difficult to remove use more warm water and a sponge. Once the border is moist, it should feel soft to the touch and should be easier to scrape off. Step 3 – Using a Steam Wallpaper Stripper If the above steps still are stripping a stubborn border. Use a steam wallpapers stripper. Steam from the bottom of the border to the top. You may need to use the wallpaper scraper to remove any excess. Step 4 – Clean Down the Surface After the border has been removed, clean the surface and check that the wall is free from any trace of adhesive. Leave the wall bare overnight so that the surface can dry out before new paint or paper is applied.





Posted by Realty Vision on 2/19/2015

Painting is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the look of your home. Getting started and knowing what to do is usually the hardest part but the following tips these tips will help to make your painting projects easier. These instructions and suggestions can save you time and effort while helping you end up with a better-looking paint job. PREPARE THE SURFACE Clean the surface to be painted. Fill in any cracks or holes with putty before starting the painting job. Caulk all joints, cracks and seams in the surface before painting. Check around the window panes for loose or missing putty. Replace the putty in these areas before starting the painting job. Use drop cloths to cover floors, furniture, etc. PAINTING POINTERS Thoroughly mix the paint. Pour off, into another container, any thin portion of the paint that is floating on top. Use a paddle to stir the paste settled in the bottom of the can. Pouring the paint back and forth from one container to another will help thoroughly mix the paint. Line your roller tray with a plastic tray liner or aluminum foil it will save you a lot of clean up time in the end. Always use the flat side of the brush when you're painting corners. CLEANING UP Cleaning the brushes carefully after each painting job is done and then wrapping and storing them for future use. Fold wax paper around the brush and seal it with a rubber band. Clean rollers in the same basic way as paintbrushes. Take time to clean them thoroughly. Wash latex paints out of a brush with clear warm water. Following the quick and simple tips will have you with a whole new look and a clean and easy paint job.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 12/18/2014

They say it's a silent killer. Odorless, colorless, toxic fumes with symptoms similar to those of having the flu. It can kill you and your loved ones without you even knowing its there. Are you safeguarding your home against this deadly threat? Step one is knowing where the threat comes from. The United States Environmental Protection Agency states carbon monoxide can come from "unvented kerosene and gas space heaters; leaking chimneys and furnaces; back-drafting from furnaces, gas water heaters, wood stoves, and fireplaces; gas stoves; generators and other gasoline powered equipment; automobile exhaust from attached garages; and tobacco smoke." (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/co.html) With winter upon us, and the possibility of power outages during large winter storms a reality, many homes have generators to help in these situations. But improper installation can cause carbon monoxide levels to rise, putting your family at risk. Ensure that generators are installed outside, away from your home, to ensure fumes aren't entering your home. Never install generators in your home, including your garage or basement. Another winter threat is fireplaces, wood or gas, and wood stoves. As you are snuggling up during a long winter night, you need to ensure that ventilation is sufficient. It's always best to have a trained professional inspect and clean your fireplaces and wood stoves on a yearly basis. So what else can you do? Buying a carbon monoxide detector is a cheap and easy way to ensure you are safe. For as little as $20, you can purchase detectors that will alert you if carbon monoxide levels get too high. And if they do, you can quickly evacuate the house and call the fire department for inspection of your home. Most states now require that when you sell your home, these detectors are already installed, just like fire and smoke alarms have been required for years. So be safe this winter season and take precautions as needed. It really could save your life!





Posted by Realty Vision on 12/4/2014

Did you know that colors can change your mood? Are you feeling like your home could use a little pick-me-up? Or maybe you want to calm down. If you need a change you could try a little color therapy. First determine if you would like your room to have a calming energy or perk you up. Then pick a color that fits your mood. Here is a list of colors and how they play into the feelings people have: Red- If you want to feel passionate or creative go with red. Do you want the kids to eat dinner every night? If so, paint the kitchen red. Red makes us feel hungry (think of all those restaurant chains). If red is too bold for the walls, use it in accents like lamps, pots and wall art to inspire. Yellow-Just like the sun, yellow makes people smile. If you go with a bold, bright yellow use it sparingly. Add an artistic flare through the use of yellow flowers or fun frames. Blue-Blue has a calming effect on a room. Looking for a place to chill-out? Use a baby-blue hue or an indigo.  Accent a room with a blue throw, rug or lamp shade. You could even try blue lights. No matter what color you choose remember to use it wisely. You never want too much of a good thing.  







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