There is no doubt about it that owning and maintaining a home can be a challenge. As well as dealing with all the big issues that crop up from time to time, there are also plenty of more general maintenance problems which strike on a more regular basis. If you have kids and pets, the number of problems tends to multiply significantly! The following list includes a few of the most common household issues, as well as some solutions to give you that much-needed helping hand.
You may think that your countertops are perfectly clean until the light hits them at a certain angle and you realise that they are covered in water stains! Though there are plenty of standard cleaning products which you can use, they may still leave irritating marks. What you could try is a solvent such as ammonia or peroxide and a porous material like a paper towel which should lift the stain molecules off the surface.
Cleaning your windows may seem like a simple enough job, but if you don’t do it the right way, you may find that they are left with streaks and water marks. Try filling up a household spray bottle with white vinegar and spraying your windows. If they are particularly tough, you should leave this on for several minutes. Next, use a microfiber cloth to wipe the glass clean. Though this may take a bit of effort, it should restore your views in no time at all!
Few everyday household inconveniences are as frustrating as a clogged drain. But unless it is serious, you should be able to sort it out yourself The first thing that you can try is pouring some boiling water down there. If this doesn’t work, it may be necessary to shut off the water and fish out the obstruction using a wire with a hook on the end or similar tool. If this doesn’t work, you could look to enlist expert support such as www.1stclearflow.co.uk. Don’t attempt to deal with anything that seems too complicated yourself as you could risk making the problem worse.
Whether your door is proving to be challenging to open or close, you may find that you need to replace the frame. To start off with, you will have to unscrew the door and take it out. After this, you may have to take off the trim to access the jamb in order to replace it. Next, you will have to shim everything so that the door can be sealed correctly. If these terms all seem like jargon, there are plenty of ‘how to’ guides available online. In actuality, this is a task that seems more difficult and may not be as challenging as first meets the eye.
Wine Stains on the Carpet
You have seen it on countless cleaning product adverts. A dinner party is going perfectly until one of the guests suddenly drops a glass on red wine all over a cream carpet! If this happens to you, removing the stains isn’t the easiest thing in the world. It is best to tackle the stain at the earliest possible opportunity. Once they are set, they are much more difficult to remove. Dab at the stain with a damp, white cotton cloth to absorb the excess wine. Afterwards, pour some cold water directly onto it which should dilute the stain, allowing your to continue dabbing away as much as possible. Finish off by applying a baking soda mix, allowing it to dry and vacuuming up the affected area. If the stain still persists, you may need to rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional company to take care of the issue for you.
Mildew and Mould in the Shower
Mildew and mould in your shower is a common issue, but you need to tackle it sooner rather than later to prevent it from spreading. There are plenty of high-quality products on the market that can be used for this particular task. The best ones are designed to not only remove mould from your shower, but also prevent it from coming back again. Hopefully, once you clean up your shower once, you shouldn’t have to do it again for a significant period of time.
Permanent Marker on the Walls
This is a common issue for anyone who has aspiring artist kids in the family and they use the wall as a canvas. Before you go straight to repaint the entire wall, you should start by applying some regular toothpaste with a toothbrush. Squeeze a large amount into the bristles and gently rub it into the walls until the marker stain begins to break up a little and loosen up. Afterwards, you should be able to remove the stain with a damp rag. If this doesn’t work, a lick of paint is the best solution. This may just have given you the impetus to do that redecorating job that you have been putting off!
Cluttered Kitchen Cupboards
The kitchen is a room in the house which can get very cluttered with food items and equipment if you are not careful. First of all, you should go through your kitchen and remove any expired food products and old kitchenware that you no longer need. You need to make sure that you have sufficient shelving to accommodate everything, and you may be able to keep things on countertops as well as storing it away in cupboards. This may even be the ideal opportunity to organise everything a little bit better so that it is all easier to find.
Most households are likely to encounter these problems at some point down the line, so if they happen in your abode, you should now feel a little more ready to deal with them in the most effective way possible.