Stain Removal Secrets

A stain is a discoloration of a fabric caused by the presence of foreign matter. Always test the removal method on a hidden part first, to make sure that it doesnt harm the fabric. USEFUL FIRST AID In all stain removal, prompt attention is most important. Rinse non-greasy stains away with water. Sprinkle talc on…

How To Clean A Bathroom

Home Maintenance In The Bathroom This may also double as a mini-laundry room, where underwear and the occasional shirt may be hand washed, or where nappies may be put to soak. Although the room may appear to be clean, regular attention is necessary to destroy germs. Standard equipment varies, but normally there will be a…

General Home Cleaning

THE KITCHEN Since the well-being of the family may be said to revolve round the kitchen, some basic ground rules are essential for maintaining it in as hygienic a manner as possible. LARGE APPLIANCES Depending on the size and space available, the age of the kitchen and the money to spare, large appliances will usually…

Managing Your Laundry

Laundry is not usually the most popular of household tasks. It can be made much more bearable by using any of a whole range of appliances and sophisticated detergents that are available and which make the task easier, and by investing in clothes, etc. made from the wide choice of ‘easy care’ fabrics. However, in…

Labour-Saving Equipment

Time is important to the housewife and labour-saving equipment can mean much less and much easier cleaning. Here are some suggestions for really useful equipment for the home: Vacuum and carpet cleaners There are three basic types of vacuum cleaner: 1 A light-weight or junior upright model, which is reasonably priced and is useful if…

Basic Cleaning Tasks

INTRODUCTION For most people their home is a refuge from the pressures of everyday life, a place to relax in, entertain in and generally feel secure. So it makes sense to keep it looking as clean and as appealing as possible. This not only means it is more hygienic, but also a more pleasant place…

Damp-proofing DIY

Damp-proofing DIY

Damp trouble is more likely in solid Bin. (or 22 cm) walls. ‘Dampness can attack the wall in three ways: from the top downwards; from the bottom upwards; from the outside face to the inside. There are, therefore, two main types of damp — rising and penetrating. Rising damp. To prevent rising damp you can…

How To Repair Render

How To Repair Render

There are few homes that don’t have at least one area of cement based render covering the original brickwork or stonework. More often than not it’s there to fulfil an important protective — as well as decorative — function, so it makes sense to know how to repair render and ensure that what may start…

How To Repair Eaves

How To Repair Eaves

Rot is the biggest enemy of any exterior woodwork so learning how to repair eaves can save you a small fortune. Nowhere is this more true than at roof level, and the visible timbers — fascias, bargeboards and soffits — are most at risk. Repairs are generally simple, but should be done soon to prevent…