Why You Should Hire A Gutter Cleaning Services

Why You Should Hire A Gutter Cleaning Services

Gutter cleaning are an important task for your home’s well-being. Your gutters serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and even landscape. This job tends to be the last thing on our mind when it comes to home maintenance, here’s why you don’t want to make that mistake.

Why is gutter cleaning so important?

If you have a tendency to ignore your gutters, eventually, they’ll pull away from the house -and that’s when the damage will be discovered! The siding, the foundation and even the landscaping can be ruined!

Protect the value of your home!

Gutters allow rainwater to keep from collecting on the roof, along the side of the house and at the home’s foundation. When they’re clogged by leaves and other debris, the water can’t run through them. This sounds harmless enough right? Well you would be wrong! Neglecting your gutters can have very expensive and even dangerous consequences! These 3 are the most important reasons behind gutter cleaning:

1) Rot

Whether the gutters have pulled away from your house your they’re simply overflowing, if water can’t run through your gutters, it has to go somewhere! This causes your siding to rot, become stained and creates dams that can trap ice in the winter. The roof can also rot because of this! That means expensive repairs and replacements for you in the future! Yikes!

2) Pests

Especially here in the south, we know that mosquitoes, and other pests, are attracted to standing water. If your gutters are filled with debris, it creates a mosquitos paradise right at your front door! This could just be a mild inconvenience that makes your time in your yard unpleasant, or (knock on wood) you could be inviting dangerous diseases that these pest carry like the West Nile Virus into your home! Nobody wants that.

3) Foundation Issues

We all know the most important part of any building is a strong foundation. However, if your gutters are broken or overflowing, they can’t direct water away from your home’s foundation or send it into your yard to be absorbed!  Like we said before, the water drips down, and can lead to mold and rot indoors, and eats away at your foundation. This can be super expensive to repair and can make your home less stable.

 

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The Ultimate Guide To Spring Cleaning

The Ultimate Guide To Spring Cleaning

It’s time for Spring Cleaning again! So bust open your windows, turn up some music, and roll up your sleeves. Our Ultimate Guide will help you be a mean, green, spring cleaning machine in no time.

We’re not going to lie… spring cleaning isn’t exactly a party, but there’s a reason this tradition has been around for so long! There’s nothing quite as satisfying as giving your home an annual refreshing, but if you’re overwhelmed these are our favorite tips and tricks so you can know where to start, what to focus on, and what not to forget!

 

floor plans to a home with a penSafety First!

Of course spring cleaning is about… well, cleaning! However, this is a wonderful opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Do you own a fire extinguisher? Is it up to date? If you don’t -get one! Learn how to use it and make sure the rest of your household knows how to as well. It could be a life saver! It’s best to always have one in your kitchen and even your garage. If it has been awhile, go ahead and discuss escape plans with everyone in the event of a fire or any other emergency. It’s also a good idea to have these escape/floor plans posted somewhere where they can be easily seen often! Better safe than sorry!

Pack Away Winter

You won’t be needing your shovels, salt, or scrapers for your driveway anymore, so get em out of the way! Pack up any seasonal decorations or other fall and winter gear and bring out garden tools and potting supplies. This means your wardrobe too! Whether it’s time to completely free up space and donate some coats or sweaters, or you just wanna rearrange so your summer attire is easier to reach -now is the best time! Here’s some tips on how to declutter your closet!

 

Wash Windows

Window sills and screens tend to accumulate more dirt and dust than you would think! We all make a lot of use of our windows during the warmer months, so this is an important step in your spring cleaning routine! We recommend tackling this job on a moderate or partly clouding day to avoid your cleaning solution to dry out to quickly, leaving your windows streaky. Wipe down your window sills and don’t forget to give your screens a good scrubbing! Some people have been known to use kerosene to clean their screens, but usually using warm water and a mild dish-washing liquid will do just fine. Scrub each screen with a brush; then rinse thoroughly.

Drapes, Curtains, and Blindsa flower box sitting in front of a fresh window from spring cleaning looking out into a backyard

After your windows are done move on to your drapes, curtains, and blinds. To bring drab drapes back to life, take them down, remove any hooks and run them through a fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel ( this helps attract dust) for 10 to 15 minutes, then hang with right back up afterwards to avoid wrinkles. Most curtains are machine washable but make sure you read all labels just to be safe. Wipe down blinds with a damp cloth, then enjoy your nice new view.

Sliding Door Tracks

Sliding glass door tracks are probably the last place you would think to clean, but spring cleaning is about getting every nook and cranny after all! We’ve found the best way is to scrub the tracks with an old, dry toothbrush to loosen up any debris. Grab it all up with your vacuum hose, then clear it all out with a wet sponge or cloth!

 

Dust Dust Dust

Take everything off tabletops, bookshelves, and dressers to dust. Now is the perfect time to get to all the places you’ve been neglecting throughout the year: light fixtures, ceiling fans, vents, above kitchen cabinets, baseboards and doorways. Don’t forget to vacuum up all the dust that ends up settling on the floor! We want to get rid of the dust not just move it around! Use a microfiber cloth to dust fixtures and bulbs within your reach (be careful on your ladder folks!). To clean grimy bulbs, lightly dampen a cloth with vinegar. Take our word for it, you’ll wanna make sure that bulbs are cooled down and  that your hands are dry or this is not gonna be a good time!

 

Furniture

For upholstered furniture, grab cushions and take them outside and beat them by hand to remove any dust trapped in them. Use a vacuum’s crevice tools to clean under seat cushions. Check the labels or tags for how to remove any stains there might be. For wooden furniture, wipe the surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild soap if necessary. Apply wax a few feet at a time with a cotton rag. Let wax dry, then buff with a clean cloth. Restore leather with an upholstery cleaner and conditioner. For nubuck leather, use a suede brush. Don’t forget your outdoor and patio furniture! Here’s some tips on how to revive your patio!

Bathrooms

Even if you clean your bathrooms fairly regularly, there’s probably a few things you’ve been procrastinating on. Lucky for you we’re bathroom cleaning experts! Feel free to check out some of our favorite bathroom cleaning products to fight soap scum here, or read up on some extra tips here! After you give all your counters, tile, floor, tub and shower a good scrubbing, it’s time to battle clutter in your medicine cabinets. Safely discard any outdated or expired products or medicines. Finally, toss your bath mats, decorative towels, shower curtains and liners in the wash to really leave your bathroom feeling like new!

 

Kitchen 

In the kitchen, like everywhere else, clean top to bottom! Start with your upper cabinets and pantry then work down. Wipe everything out and replace your shelf paper. Throw out any old spices or expired items. Make sure you polish all your stainless steel (we highly recommend this product for all your steel appliances), and all your wooden surfaces. A big task to tackle is the fridge, but you’ll be glad you took the time to clean it inside and out when you’re enjoying all those summer BBQ’s! If you can, we also recommend scooting your fridge out from the wall and cleaning behind it. Trust us -it’s dirtier than you think. Give your counter tops a nice shine and your kitchen is done!

Bedrooms 

Our bedrooms are our sanctuary! Start by rotating and flipping your mattresses, next grab up all blankets, comforters, mattress pads, and bed skirts to throw in the wash. Pillows are often over looked when cleaning your room -give them a good thorough wash! Here are some of our favorite tips on how to leave your pillows fresh. Next, clear out any junk drawers… we all have them. From your nights stand to your dresser, it’s the perfect time to downsize and organize! Check out these extra tips on how to declutter your room for spring.

 

 

Congratulations! There’s nothing like a job well done, especially if that job leaves you with a home that looks and feels like new! 

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5 Daily Chores That Will Instantly Make Your Home Seem Cleaner

5 Daily Chores That Will Instantly Make Your Home Seem Cleaner

Let’s face it, house cleaning is a drag. Luckily, you don’t have to clean everything to make your home seem like it’s really clean. In fact, you don’t even have to take a lot of time! I get every task on this list done in 10 minutes or less. These are 5 daily chores that will instantly make your home seem cleaner.

How To Make Your Home Seem Cleaner

1. Make Your Bed

The first thing I do is make the bed. This makes your bedrooms feel more open and not as cluttered. It gives your room a bit of elegant like its put together. It’s also the first task of the day, and it’s done! let’s move onto the next one!

2. Vacuum All Main Areas

I know what you’re thinking. Bringing out the big old vacuum daily?!? I honestly wouldn’t put this step in this post if I thought it was difficult and took to much time. I have the Dyson V8 Stick Vacuum and it is great for daily use! No cord and it has plenty of charge for your average house. Say goodbye to bringing out the big old vacuum!

3. Organize Countertops And Desk Areas

Simply put, have a place for everything and put everything in it’s place. We all work better when we know where things are. I know, it’s hard to make this habit but it’s worth it. Take the time to stay organized and your life will change completely!

4. Load The Dishwasher

I try to keep up with the dishwasher as much as possible, or at least right before bed. Growing up I never wanted to do dishes but now that I have my own place I learned it doesnt take that long and has a huge impact on your household. This step will help remove bulk clutter that takes up counterspace as well as remove gross smells.

5. Fold Your Laundry

Keep up with it and it will never get out of hand! I use to not but I can tell you, now that we keep up with our laundry our house is a lot more enjoyable. It’s nice to be able to go to bed without having to move a pile laundry to a chair. It looks nicer, and the room looks a lot more complete.

3 Tips To Help Prevent Mold From Growing In Your Bathroom

3 Tips To Help Prevent Mold From Growing In Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew and most bathrooms aren’t designed to prevent this problem. Fortunately there are some easy steps you can take to help prevent mold from getting out of control and possibly even stop it before it ever starts.

These are 3 tips that to use to insure fungi doesnt make it’s way into your home.

1. Ventilate your bathroom during showers and baths

You know that fan you turn on to get rid of smells? It’s great for getting moisture out of the bathroom as well. Another great way to ventilate is by propping open a window. Ether method helps a ton just be sure to ventilate during and up to 30 minutes after you have exited the shower or tub to be sure most moisture is gone.

2. Squeegee shower walls and doors after showering

This step only takes a second and can help coral water away from areas where mold will typically build up and down the drain.

3. Don’t leave wet clothes or towels sitting around

Make sure all wet towels are hanging up in areas where air is circulating. This can not only cut back on the chance of mildew and mold but also keep your bathroom smelling clean and keep your laundry fresh for longer.

Remember, ExBode is not a company that specializes in cleaning mold. We recommend you take advice from a pro in this area.

Use The Oven Self Cleaning Feature In 5 Easy Steps

Use The Oven Self Cleaning Feature In 5 Easy Steps

So you have an oven with the self cleaning feature but you don’t know what it is or how it even works.

If you have an oven with a self cleaning feature and you don’t know how to use it, you’re not alone. I have way too many clients that don’t know how to use this feature so I decided to share the breakdown.

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How does oven self cleaning work?

The oven is about to get hot, and I mean really hot! Self cleaning ovens heat to around 500 degrees C or 900 degrees F. At this temperature all Grease build up will be burnt until it turns to ashes. Unfortunately the oven does not self clean the ashes so after the process you will have to manually wipe these out. Don’t be discouraged though, oven self cleaning is awesome!

Before you start, VENTILATE!

Typically this only has to mean turning the fan above your stove on. If your oven is extra greasy, you’re going to want to turn on some ceiling fans and possibly open some windows. I will warn you, sometimes ovens with lots of buildup tend to get a little smelly and smoky. Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with your oven if this happens. It just mean the oven is doing it’s job, really well! If extra heavy buildup is the case with your oven maybe plan on doing yard work for the day to get you out of the house away from the smell and smoke. Again, don’t be discouraged by that if your oven is that bad, it needs cleaned and you want to clean it!

#1 Approach your oven and prepare to be amazed

This is like magic. Get ready to see all the gross grease buildup disappear before your very eyes.

#2 Hit the “Self Cleaning” button located on the touchpad near the ovens temperature adjustment buttons

Sometimes it can be a little difficult to find in the 4-8 buttons on the touchpad. If you see the button you have self cleaning, if you don’t see it, that means your oven doesn’t have this feature. If your oven doesn’t have self cleaning, it’s a sad day and you’re going to have to clean the oven the old fashioned way.

#3 Adjust the amount of time you want self-cleaning to take

Depending on how dirty your oven is you might want to adjust this up or down. The average oven that hasn’t been self cleaned in a year will need about 3 hours. If the oven isn’t that bad adjust this to 2 hours. If the oven is very dirty with lots of Grease buildup adjust this to 4 hours.

#4 Hit the button that follows along the lines of “Start”

Different ovens have different ways to initiate the self-cleaning to begin. Most ovens are very self explanatory as long as you look over the buttons they have given you. If no button tends to stick out try hitting the “Self Clean” button again.

#5 Lock the oven door

This step must be followed for all self clean ovens. Look for a lever to the top of the door or a button on the touchpad. Many self-cleaning ovens will even lock themselves after completing step #4. If you don’t see a oven lock lever or button this is probably the case with your oven.

Once your oven is clean and cooled down, wipe it out!

Before wiping the oven out, make sure the oven is completely cooled down as surfaces may be hot even after the oven unlocks. What we use to wipe the ashes out is a microfiber cloth but any rag or paper towel will do. Sometimes for the sake of ease we even use a vacuum. Be careful while using this method as some vacuums warn you not to vacuum ashes.

To cancel self-cleaning in the middle of it’s process just hit the “Cancel” button

If for any reason you would like to cancel your ovens self cleaning mode just hit the “Cancel” button located on the oven touchpad. If you do not see a “Cancel” button look for a “Stop Timer” button.

That’s it, you now know how to activate your ovens self cleaning mode.

Sit back, relax, and watch the magic happen as your oven goes from greasy and gross to shiny and like new.

Rain-X On Glass Shower Doors To Avoid Grimy Gross Water Stains

Rain-X On Glass Shower Doors To Avoid Grimy Gross Water Stains

WOW! Rain-X is magical when it comes to repelling water, even in the shower!

So I did a test. I wanted to see how Rain-X would work inside the shower and the results are fantastic. Use Rain-X to help prevent water stain & soap scum build up. How does it help? Nothing sticks to the walls with Rain-X!

Rain-X isn’t the only trick we have up our sleeves for dealing with dirty showers. Try a few of these tips also!

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