24 OctDIY home cleaning

With everyone leading busy lives these days, it is not surprising to hear people hiring home cleaners. They are getting professionals to take care of keeping their homes clean and free from germs. There are advantages if you are going to do this on your own though. First of all, you can ensure that the quality of the cleaning is what you want for your place. Then again you can save the money that would have gone to paying the home cleaners. Saving any amount is a big thing these days.

If you would like to organize your DIY home cleaning, then here are some ideas that might be useful for you that we found on Oneflare:

  1. The first step is to have a plan so that your cleaning can be organized. Go over your whole house first and take note of the kind of cleaning and the amount of cleaning that is going to be needed by each room. Write down the materials that you are going to need for it as well.
  2. When you have that information written down, start gathering all the materials that will be needed for it. Buy the tools and the cleaning materials.
  3. When you have everything necessary, you can then proceed with the actual cleaning. You should start with the parts of the house that would require the greatest amounts of work. Normally these are the bathroom or the kitchen. They need complicated steps in cleaning that are not required by other parts of the house. You start with the most difficult so that after those rooms, the cleaning would be a downhill ride for you.
  4. Try to keep the tools and materials that you need close to you, when you are doing some cleaning. You can use a very large apron with plenty of pockets in it to carry all the stuff that you need.
  5. Try to use green cleaning materials instead of the usual commercial cleaning products. These are mostly natural products that would have less or no harsh chemicals in its content.
  6. You can also use some homemade cleaning solutions such as those made from vinegar and baking soda.
  7. There are two ways that you can schedule your cleaning. The first one is to set aside a whole day when you can do the cleaning for the whole house, or you can do one room at a time for a few minutes each day. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages and you should pick the one that suits you best.

These are the things that you can keep in mind when you want to do your own home cleaning.

01 OctDIY home painting

You do not have to hire professional painters each time that there is a home project that needs to be done in your place. If you do that then you would be spending a lot of money because hiring professionals is never cheap. Take house painting for example, it is something that you can do on your own, whether it’s interior or exterior painting.

Here are some tips that you can use for DIY house painting:

  • Whether you will be doing interior or exterior painting, you need to pick the kind of paint that you are going to use very carefully. There are several ways that you can do that. You can shop around for colours that you like and ask the crew at the paint store on how you can achieve that particular colour.
  • While you’re at it ask them about the things that you will be needing for the kind of painting project that you are going to do. Get all of the materials and tools that you will need before you start. It is not a good practice to interrupt your painting in order to get new supplies.
  • When it comes to buying paint, get more than the estimated amount that would cover the area that you want to paint. Estimates of paint amount almost always fall short.
  • Prepare the surface that you are going to paint. Remove debris and anything that could get in the way. Clean it thoroughly. Dirt on the surface can affect the way that the paint would stick.
  • If you will be doing interior painting then you need to remove stuff out of the room. Remember that you only cover up those that are too heavy to move. When you need to cover up something, the best choice is a heavy canvas cloth. Canvas can absorb paint in case some happen to drip on it. Plastic will not absorb paint and is too thin that it is likely to get shredded even before you’re done.
  • Do your painting on a hot day when the sun is up. That will help to dry out the paint. Moisture from rain and snow can slow down the drying process and actually affect the way that paint can adhere to the surface.
  • Use a large bucket for painting. That would help to ensure that the hue of the paint that you are using will stay even and consistent.
  • Use high quality tools for applying the paint. Ask for recommendations from the people at the store. The quality of the rollers and brushes that you use can seriously affect your job.

Use these tips whenever you are doing house painting on your own.

14 AugDIY home electrical work

Are you thinking of doing some electrical work in your home? You have to realize that that there are some restrictions as to what you can do in that regards. Those restrictions were put in place for the purposes of staying safe. That’s because electrical works are unlike other home improvement projects. It can be potentially dangerous if you make mistakes in it, unlike other that would have no serious consequences.

So what are the electrical works that you can do on your own? Here are some of those tasks that you can choose to undertake:

  1. Before you even think of doing any home electrical work. You have got to make yourself familiar first with the wirings and circuits in your place. Check your fuse board. This is where the different circuit breakers are located. Each switch controls a certain part of the house. You should familiarize you self with these switches and know which of them controls certain parts of the house. That way when you want to do some electrical DIY work you could safely turn off the electricity for that part.
  2. If you lose power in the house then finding the problem should be aided with the use of the circuit breakers. You can identify the circuit that had the problem or the part of the room where there was a short circuit because the circuit breaker controlling would have tripped, cutting off the electricity and preventing damage. You should therefore check what caused the short and once you have identified and verified that it has been corrected you can switch the electricity back on.
  3. One of the basic electrical works that you can do is to change lights and receptacles. Before you try any of that you need to make sure that there is no electricity flowing. It is not enough that you switch off the circuit. You must turn off the circuit breaker that controls that part of the house as well to be sure.
  4. Make sure that you use only the properly rated devices, wires and lights, whenever you are making installations on your aim. This is to ensure the safety of your project. You should never attempt to use replacements of different ratings.
  5. Be sure that you are using the right sort of tools when doing electrical work. Do not touch the live wire even if you have switched off the current.
  6. For more complicated work, contact a licensed electrician to get it done.

These are just some of the tips that you can keep in mind when you want to do DIY electrical projects.

03 JulDIY home plumbing

One of the most common types of household problems that we could encounter at home are those related to plumbing. It could be anything from a running toilet to clogged sink. Because these are common issues, it would help if we know how to do some simple DIY tasks to take care of some of the more usual plumbing concerns. You might encounter a problem that needs some quick solution and you could not wait until you can find a plumber who will fix the problem for you.

Here are some tips then, for doing DIY plumbing tasks:

  1. First of all, you should keep in mind that what you can do on your end is quite limited. There are simply some tasks that would really require a plumber to fix or to accomplish. That is actually recommended so you can be sure about the quality of the job.
  2. Does your toilet sound like it is running? Then it probably is and you ought to have it fixed right away or a lot of water could get wasted in the meantime. The first thing to do is to try jiggling the toilet handle. The problem could have been that the valve system got stuck, moving the handle works for most of the time.
  3. If jiggling does not work then you need to something more complex. You have to remove the cover for the tank and take a look inside. You might need a flashlight. Look for the rubber seal at the bottom. If that seems cracked then that’s the problem. Take it out and buy a replacement and then install it.
  4. Another common household plumbing issue are clogged drains in kitchen sinks and bathrooms. This can be caused by the various solid objects and particles that can get washed down with the water when you are taking a shower or when you are washing. Some people try to resolve this issue by using chemicals that can be poured down to melt the clogs. Before you do that, you should try manual means of removing the clogs first.
  5. A plunger is the handiest tool for removing the clog. When using a plunger, keep in mind that the idea is to use the vacuum that you create with it to pull out the material that is blocking the drain and not to push it down. If the manual means of removing the clogs don’t work, then that’s the time for you to use the chemical option.
  6. Again let it me emphasize that there are some plumbing tasks that you simply cannot do on your own. One such task is the installation of water heaters. For that you would really need a professional.