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  1. How should I wash my windows?

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ID:	11202Once you've finished your spring cleaning and start looking outside for the sunny season, you may notice your windows need a good cleaning inside and out.

    Professionals recommend cleaning your windows at least once per year, if not twice. Window washing can be a DIY job, but you can save a lot of hassle by hiring a pro, particularly if you have a taller house.

    DIY WINDOW CLEANING

    Paper or microfiber cloths do the best job cleaning ...
  2. These are the 7 dirtiest places in your kitchen

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    Your imagination can run wild thinking of the bacteria lurking in your home. But people tend to look in the wrong direction when it comes to fighting germs in the kitchen. Disinfect these seven germ sanctuaries as soon as possible.

    YOUR REFRIGERATOR

    Your refrigerator harbors bacteria in some surprising places. Ice and water dispensers, vegetable crispers, meat drawers, and door seals are some of the germiest!

    To do: Use a ...
  3. The most-ignored parts of your home to clean today

    When was the last time you looked at the tops of your kitchen cabinets? Or worse yet, the area behind your stove? These areas rarely fit into a regular cleaning schedule. But every now and then, you have to take a look and tackle those most-forgotten chores. These are the out-of-sight tasks you might be missing.

    SHOWERHEADS AND FAUCETS

    You may be diligent about water spots, but how often do you deep clean your showerheads and faucets? If you can't remember, try this: Fill ...
  4. How should I plan a spring cleaning?

    Spring cleaning may seem to be an overwhelming job at first. But whether you hire out for the job or take care of it yourself, you can make the job easier by breaking it down into chunks and tackling it in order.

    HIRE A PROFESSIONAL

    Professional housecleaners are masters of the trade. They know all the ins and outs of housecleaning, and they work efficiently. Most importantly, by hiring a cleaner, you're freeing your own time for family, friends, hobbies anything other ...
  5. How to clean an acrylic bathtub correctly

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ID:	10504Many homeowners with hard water struggle to make their bathtubs shine. For those with acrylic tubs, it's more complicated.

    Acrylic is a popular material because manufacturers can mold it into unique shapes, which proves especially handy for large, freestanding soaker tubs.

    It can provide the classic look of a clawfoot tub without the weight of cast iron. Bathtub refinishing companies also create tub liners with acrylic or use it in spray form ...
  6. How do you clean wood floors?

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    Hardwood floors can last for generations if they're cared for properly.

    Unlike tile or laminate, you want to clean wood only when you really need to.

    For regular maintenance, vacuum floors every day or two or use a floor duster.

    When mopping a polyurethaned hardwood floor, you can clean the floors with water or a combination of 1 cup vinegar with 1 gallon warm (not hot) water.

    You can also use a wood-cleaning ...
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