Teaching Active Home Maintenance

So, I’m sure by now you’re sold. You’re all gung-ho about making sure your home is clean, maintained and up-to-date with all of the latest and greatest. Heck, you’re probably reading this at Lowes right now while you’re trying to figure out which caulk is best suited for the exterior of your windows, let me help you out there, its latex painters caulk.

Knowing the proper materials to take care of your home is part of maintaining a happy house. This means whatever gimmicky cleaning hacks you found on Pinterest need to go in one ear and out the other. Newsflash, while baking soda and vinegar are both good for their desired purposes, it is also the combination that set off your paper-mache volcano in the 3rd grade. Baking soda is basic and vinegar is acidic, when combined they create a bubbling reaction that results in a combination that’s primarily water with a little bit of salt. The combo wouldn’t necessarily harm anything, but it’s not an effective cleaning agent.

So where do you start then? I’m sure you have a couple of preferred brands, whether that be for cleaning products, paint brands… etc. Doing basic research on these companies is a good place to begin. With the rise of technology, it’s easy to look up reputable sources to make sure the granite cleaner you just picked up will actually clean and not discolor your countertops.  For instance, a lot of multipurpose cleaners have citrus components in them. While citrus is a good acidic cleaner, it can get into the porous materials of the granite and cause discoloration. You can find that out by looking up pages specific to educating consumers on the proper maintenance, like countertopinvestigator.com. Let me give you a hint; if the tip came from a personal blog dedicated to do-it-yourself cleaning, it may or may not be factually accurate, and therefore it cannot be trusted.

A good method for combing through the millions of misinformation online or in person is to ask questions.

  1. Did this information come from an expert?
  2. Do you know who the information is coming from at all?
  3. Have you heard good things regarding the company or person?
  4. Have you researched the problem yourself?
  5. Does this person or source work frequently with homes or these specific problems?

Many reputable companies (like us!) will put out materials, like checklists or how-to videos to make your life easier and protect your home. Sometimes it takes a little trial-and-error to figure out what works best for you. Just please, one last request, before you mix a bunch of household items together for a DIY project, do a quick google search to make sure the chemicals are safe.

Here we are. At the end of our “Confessions of a Lazy Homeowner” blog series. If you didn’t know, yes, there are two other parts. So to recap, we know that home maintenance isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. People don’t always take initiative and can skirt by doing the bare minimum, but it will always catch up to you in the end.

Sometimes it’s the lack of time and resources that can constraint your ability to care for your home. That’s just it though, it’s your home. If you own your home it’s usually your largest asset, it needs to be protected. Whether it be external or internal, you have to maintain your knowledge of home care. Maintaining your knowledge doesn’t have to be an everyday thing or even every other day, but if you can put some thought in about what your home needs once a week, you’ll learn over time.

It was Benjamin Franklin that once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

 

In addition, here’s a handy-dandy basic home maintenance checklist to get you started. HM Checklist.

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