Thursday, 14 May 2015

How to Clean Your Wooden Dining Tables

A wood dining room table is usually the centerpiece of a formal dining room. Depending on the family, a dining room table can take quite a bit of abuse. Between being a prime location for doing homework and family meals a wood dining room table will need the occasional cleaning to keep it looking nice. With proper care and a little effort, a wood dining room table can last for many generations.

Cleaning Wooden Dining Tables 

  • Cleaning a wooden dining table is not that easy although it might seem like. The best way to clean your dining room table is with the help of lemon. 
  • To tackle oil stains on your wooden dining table, sprinkle a drop or two of lemon on the stains. Use a soft rug to gently wipe the stains after few minutes. The oil stain comes out easily.
  • If you have a wax stain on your wooden dining table, the best way to clean it is with the help of a banana peel. Rub the peel directly on the wax stain and after five minutes, use a rough cloth to remove the wax.
  • Although Polishing is helpful yet not essential, it is very important that you at least dust and clean your furniture, preferably once a week. It can be dusted with an average cloth and then cleaned with a cloth that has been in warm water and a small amount of dish soap. However, be careful not to drench the cloth, it should be damp/moist but not soaking. Finally any tight gaps or crevices use an old toothbrush or paintbrush to get into these harder areas.
  • If you like the paint on an old piece of furniture but it appears a bit worn (and you don’t want to repaint or refinish the piece), rub a little mineral oil into it. This will get rid of caked-on dust and brighten up the color. An alternative way to clean a painted piece is to wash it with mild dishwashing liquid.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Simple Ways to Reduce Pet Allergies At Home

Allergens are a fact of life in homes with dogs. Dead skin, saliva and pet waste are all sources of allergens that, depending on each individual person, can trigger an allergic reaction.

But there are ways to reduce pet allergens in your home through a combination of housecleaning, using products and setting aside portions of your home to be dog-free, if your allergies demand that level of care.

Choose a Short Haired Pet

Though pet hair is actually not the key cause of pet allergy triggers, choosing a short haired pet can still help towards controlling symptoms. This is because allergic reactions to pets are actually caused by skin particles and animal saliva. These are more likely to reach you by travelling on pet hair. Therefore, choosing a pet with shorter hair, and one that does not shed hair badly, will help to minimize reactions.

Wash Hands after Petting

Allergy sufferers should always wash their hands after petting a cat – a gentle hypoallergenic soap and warm water is sufficient enough to remove any microscopic allergens which may remain on hands and arms after petting kitties.

Bathe and Brush Puppy Often

People who have allergies to dogs are often experiencing a reaction to pet dander – microscopic flakes of dead skin which are occasionally shed. Bathing and brushing dogs on a consistent schedule will help to remove pet dander before it is released into the home – and before it can cause a flare-up of dog allergies. Professional grooming services which completely brush out the undercoat can also help to remove dander accumulation.

Remove Pet Dander from the Home

Frequent vacuuming and air filter maintenance can prevent the accumulation of pet dander in the home and greatly reduce symptoms of cat allergies. To remove as much pet dander as possible, use a vacuum with a strong filtration system, and change air filters in the home air duct systems as soon as they begin to look dirty.