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Keeping your tile and grout looking brand new

Tile is a durable and beautiful way to upgrade your home. The choices nowadays are endless. Like everything else, however, tile gets dirty. And even dirtier still, are the grout lines between the tiles. Whether it is in the shower or on the kitchen counter or in the entry way floor, tile and grout have to be cleaned regularly or it gets to looking pretty bad.

Grout maintenance can be done by you, the homeowner, or you can hire it out. There are numerous companies out there employing various methods. One of the advantages to hiring one of these companies is they offer to seal the grout after they clean it. This will go a very long way to keeping it looking good for a long time. 

For those of you into the DIY movement, or who are simply watching the pennies there are several methods that will work well. 

First off all, you will need to assemble your supplies: rubber gloves, a bucket, a hard bristle scrub brush, several scrub sponges, and clean cloths for drying.

Next, you'll need to purchase the materials you plan to use that go with the elbow grease you will use. 

Here are several to consider:

  • 1/2 and 1/2 solution of vinegar and water. Spray on and leave for 15 minutes. Scrub, rinse and dry.
  • 3 parts baking soda to 1 part hydrogen peroxide. Mix to make a paste. Apply it and leave on for 30 - 60 minutes. Scrub, rinse and dry.
  • Apply baking soda directly to the grout and then spray on hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes and then scrub, rinse and dry.
  • Combine 1/4 cup OxiClean™ (designed to get your cloths extra clean) to 2 cups of warm water. Leave it on for 15 minutes, scrub and rinse.

Air Conditioning Repair Spring Hill

Summer is just about here.  It's about to get hot and humid. Whether you are a snow bird getting ready to head back north, or a full-time Floridian looking to stay cool all summer, you need to be prepared. It's time to call out your air conditioner guy. 

What to do when you are planning to be out of the house for some time.

  1. Replace or clean the air intake filters inside the house so that air flows easily.
  2. Consider having your air ducts cleaned out at least once a year.
  3. When you leave the house, set your thermostat to cool at 78 - 80 degrees. Keeping your house at a constant temperature level so it does not become too hot will discourage the growth of molds and mildew. 
  4. Place thermal window inserts inside your windows, especially the west facing windows as they will get the hottest afternoon exposure.  These inserts can be purchased online or at most big box home improvement centers.

One more step you can take to secure your home for the summer is to consider hiring a home minder.  Home minders are individuals and companies who will check on your house at regular

If you are a snow bird, or simply taking a summer vacation, there are steps you will want to take to keep your home environment pristine while you are gone. 

  1. The very first thing to do is to call a reputable air conditioning installer or repair service company and set up an appointment to have your HVAC system checked out. For what is usually a reasonable fee, they can check out your unit for wear and tear and perform minor maintenance checks. Where air conditioning is concerned, being proactive is the best choice.  
  2. intervals to make sure all the systems are functioning properly.  They will also notify you right away if something has gone wrong, like a flood or a break in.