13 Tips For Your Home

There are some things in our home that we want to fix. The little things that go wrong and we think we’ll get to “later.” Here are some tips to some quick fixes:

  1. Squeaky Door Hinges
    Try spraying WD-40 onto the hinges, moving the door back and forth to work it in. Or try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jelly. If these tricks don’t work, lift the hinge pins about halfway and lubricate them with three-in-one oil, using a rag to catch drips.
  2. Squeaky Floor
    For a temporary fix, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks. Be sure to remove any traces of powder if you’re ever going to refinish the floor.

  3. Dusty Chandelier
    Allow the fixture to cool. While wearing a pair of white cotton gloves―one dry, one dampened with glass cleaner, wipe each prism with the damp glove, then the dry one.

  4. Stained Tub
    Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water.

  5. Stuck Sliding Windows
    From a hardware store, get silicone lubricant spray and spray it onto a rag, then wipe along the tracks, whether they’re metal, wood, or plastic.

  6. Hard-to-Remove Decals in Tub
    Spray the decals and the surrounding areas with WD-40, lifting the edges to get underneath, if possible. Let sit, then gently scrape away the decal with the edge of a credit card. De-grease the tub with liquid dish washing soap.

  7. Slamming Door
    Soften the slam of a door by affixing a few pieces of peel-and-stick foam weather stripping around the doorstop. Or get a wide rubber band and wrap it around the doorknobs on both sides, stretching it across the edge of the door. Don’t cover the latch.

  8. Hard-to-Remove Light-bulb
    Press the center of a foot-long strip of duct tape onto the middle of the bulb. Fold each loose end in half so it sticks onto itself. Gripping each end between your thumb and index finger, give a counterclockwise twist to loosen the bulb.

  9. Dry Cutting Board
    Revive your board by gently warming a bottle of pure mineral oil in a bowl of hot water, then wiping the oil onto the surface with a soft cloth. Wipe off the excess four to six hours later.

  10. Flattened Down Cushions
    Put them outside in the sun for a few hours, flipping them halfway through. (Be careful―leaving them out too long may fade the fabric.) The sun will help evaporate the moisture that gets into the filling over time, and the cushions should plump up nicely.

  11. Scuffed Linoleum
    Rub the spot with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. Or spray WD-40 on a towel and rub lightly, making sure to de-grease the area afterward with liquid dish washing soap and water.

  12. Dirty Decanter
    Fill the decanter halfway with hot water, a few drops of liquid dish washing soap, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and a cup of uncooked rice. Swirl the rice around for a few minutes to remove the residue, rinse with hot water, and air-dry.

  13. Tangled Extension Cords
    Keep all unused chords free from entanglement by coiling them and  putting them inside a large plastic bucket when they’re not in use.


About The Pelatti Team

We are a Real Estate Team located in New City, NY. We are available to offer our expertise to help those looking to engage in any Real Estate transactions such as buying, selling or renting commercial or residential property. Our area of expertise is in Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Sullivan Counties in New York as well as Bergen County in New Jersey. Our team is made up of 3 members: Rosemarie Pelatti, Ilene Angel, Joseph Pelatti, Lymari Rodriguez, and Kristin Pelatti
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