This time of year we are making commitments to take better care of ourselves but let’s not overlook our homes! I’m hoping you’ll enjoy these DIY maintenance tips to get your house in tip top shape!
Do you love the look of your home? Do you want to do everything possible to keep it that way? If so, then this article is for you. The tips will discuss how you can maintain your home’s appearance without spending too much time or money. The best part about these tips is that they’re all easy enough for anyone to try.
Stabilize a Woobly Showerhead
Your shower heads are probably the most used fixtures in your entire home. So it’s no wonder that they are prone to loosening up after time, causing them to wobble and spray water all over the place. The good news is that this problem can be easily fixed with a few quick adjustments.
Grab yourself an adjustable wrench, and get ready for some fast action. Start by turning off your shower head at both of your faucets so that you won’t get sprayed when you work on it. Next, you need to remove the washer from inside our current showerhead fixture. If there isn’t one already in there, grab a spare rubber washer out of any hardware store or use one from another existing fixture around your home.
Put the washer on your adjustable wrench and tighten it all up in a clockwise fashion, making sure to twist in small increments so that you don’t crack or damage anything inside of our showerhead fixture. After about one turn, give the knob another quarter-turn just for good measure before checking it out under running water. If this quick fix doesn’t trick, feel free to follow through with some wet sanding until everything is nice and smooth again.
Smooth Out Sticky Windows
Cleaning your windows is a great way to let natural light into your home. But they might turn out sticky when you are finished doing so. This is typically due to the soap or chemical cleaner used during cleaning and has turned tacky – which means it’s time for a little DIY maintenance magic before you can get back up on your ladder again.
If this sounds like what’s happened with your windows, take heart because all it takes is some patience and elbow grease to make them shine once more. The first step, of course, will be removing any excess liquid from the windowpane itself, either wiping it away carefully with a clean cloth or using a squeegee. Once that’s done, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then give the window a good spritz. Let this sit for about 15 minutes so it can break down any sticky residue before wiping away with a soft cloth – making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.
If your windows are extra dirty, you might need to repeat these steps until all the grime is gone. But once you’re finished, they’ll be sparkling once more without any streaks in sight.
Keep Floors Quiet
You can keep your floors quiet by applying polyurethane to the bottoms of your cabinets. After setting for 24 hours, this should keep them from sliding across the floor when you open and close drawers quickly. This will also help to reduce squeaking noises during use as well. Other ways of keeping your feet quiet include using small rubber circles for chair legs, and doorstops to keep your floors from making noise when you walk across them. The more time spent on this, the longer your feet will remain quiet.
Another way of reducing noise in your home is by installing carpet padding underneath any rugs present in rooms such as living rooms or hallways. This will make these rugs quieter and help increase their life span since they won’t be slipping around nearly as much because they don’t have an excellent gripping surface beneath them anymore.
Make Your Tub Sparkle
Your tub is probably one of the dirtiest places in your home, but with a bit of effort, you can make it sparkle. Start by mixing baking soda and vinegar in a cup until it forms a paste. Next, apply the paste to a scrub brush and use circular motions to clean the tub. Finally, rinse off the soap suds with water and watch your tub gleam.
If your tub has hard water stains, pour lemon juice on them and let them sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing them off. You may need to use an abrasive cleaner like comet or Ajax for more severe cases. Be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards so that no harmful chemicals are left behind.
The above tips are just a few of the many ways to make your home look great without spending a lot of money. By taking care of minor problems as they arise, you can avoid costly and time-consuming repairs down the road. Follow these tips, and your house will be looking its best in no time.