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What Can I Spray on a Dust Mop?

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If you have ever watched one of the many popular TV shows where couples buy a less than desirable home and completely renovate it to make it livable, then you know that home design is trending toward restoration rather than renovation. Hard floors such as hardwood, laminate, vinyl, and even stained concrete are far more popular than they have ever been before.

Whether you already have gleaming hardwood floors, are hoping to restore the original hardwood floors in your home, or even have purchased laminate to mimic the hardwood floor look, then you know that special care must be taken to keep your floors shining like new.

Wood, laminate, and other hard floors, unlike carpet, cannot easily disguise dust. No matter how regularly you sweep, you can almost always find dust and debris settled onto hard floors. This is why many homeowners purchase a dust mop because it helps them more easily maintain hard floors throughout their home.

My grandmother always told me that “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” and I took those words to heart. So, since purchasing my own home I have meticulously worked through all of the methods for cleaning my hard floors. I absolutely love the use of a dust mop, but I have often wondered what can I spray on a dust mop to make it more effective?

In this article, we are going to discuss what can be used in addition to a dust mop, and we will examine the most effective practices for using a dust mop to keep dust and debris off of your floors.

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What is The Best Brass Cleaner?

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Brass can be commonly found in many household items such as antique headboards and footboards, light fixtures, kitchen and bathroom faucets, doorknobs, door plates, hinges, serving trays, and many types of locks. Musical instruments like trumpets, French horns, bells, and trombones as well as items like vintage telescopes, old candlesticks, lanterns, and beautiful pieces of jewelry are also commonly made of brass.

Other common things made of brass include zipper pulls on jeans and jackets and even the thumbtacks you use to pin notes to bulletin boards. While you probably wouldn’t want to worry about polishing a thumb tack, you certainly do want to keep the other brass objects—especially your expensive musical instruments, fine antiques, and your favorite brass decor features in your home—all shiny and bright.

Over the years, people have tried various and genius ways to clean brass, including natural ingredients to clean the objects like cream of tartar, lemon, salt, ketchup, or vinegar. But these ways are messy and require a lot of mixing and measuring. There are chemical brass cleaners, but which one works best? Do you know how to clean brass and what is the best brass cleaner to use? We’ll explore the answers to these questions and more in this article, so read on.

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Hawthorn Berry Health Benefits

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Introducing the Plant

Hawthorn Berry (Crataegus Oxycanthus) is a plant from the Crataegus genus which includes bushes, shrubs and trees that are part of the same family as apples and roses. Commonly known as hawthorn, mayblossom, maytree, mayflower, thorn-apple tree or hedgethorn, this plant includes numerous species, all of which have different properties. The number of species has also been increased through the process of crossbreeding.

The plant itself is widely recognized for its bushy or tree structure, strongly resembling the structure of all plants belonging to the Rosaceae family. The hawthorn berry tree is rarely taller than 13 ft, yet it is famous for its strong wood. An interesting fact about the hawthorn tree is that it gets larger and denser with age.

The flowers and fruits are organized in groups and are surrounded by long thorns. The hawthorn berry tree blooms in May, which is how it got some of its nicknames. Its flowers may be white, pink or red with petals resembling those of a rose. Small berries, called haws, appear on the tree as soon as the flowers sprout and are usually red, although occasionally they may be black. As far as leaves are concerned, their shape and size vary, but their common trait is that they are shiny.

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Health Benefits of Black Pepper

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Best known for its use in different cuisines around the world, the health benefits of black pepper may prove to be a real low-key treasure when it comes to naturally improving your health and immune system.

In general, black pepper is a basic spice botanically named Peper Nigrum in Latin. In Ayurveda treatment, it carries the title of “the king of spices.” Originally, it is thought to be native to South and Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia and it appeared in history as early as 2000 BCE. The spice was frequently mentioned throughout history and was even discovered in the nostrils of Ramesses II, who died 1213 BCE.

Today its use is most prominent in Indian cooking and folk medicine, specifically in Ayurvedic practices.

The spice as we know it comes from the pepper plant, which is a climbing and bushy flowering vine, easily recognized by its heart-shaped leaves. It usually grows in tropical climates. The black pepper plant is usually round shaped and it is organized in clusters which hold the fruit. Precisely, the fruit is what we know as black pepper. The plant is picked before its fruit, in botany better known as drupes, is ripe, and it is cooked and dried into the spice we use in our diet.

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What to Mop Wood Floors With

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If you have hardwood floors in your home, you have probably wondered what to mop wood floors with. More people have chosen to have hardwood floors instead of carpet in their homes in today’s world due to busy lifestyles and more frequent allergy issues.

Hardwood floors are quick and easy to clean, and they trap less allergens than carpets and rugs. If you have children and pets in your household, especially puppies in training who may make puddles, you are sure to have spills, messes, and accidents. These things are much easier to clean off a hardwood floor than out of a carpet. Dog and cat hair and dander can be another problem. With the right equipment, cleaning them off your hardwood floors takes very little time and is real simple.

We’ll talk about the best way to clean hardwood floors, but first, there are some things you should know about your hardwood floors.

The beauty and elegance of a hardwood floor has withstood the test of time. Wood floors add a natural element to your home. If you properly maintain your wood floor, it should never need replacing. Therefore, if you’re considering selling your home or simply doing some home improvement for your own benefit, you may want to consider installing some hardwood floors.

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The Best Way to Clean Tarnished Silverware

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When my great-grandmother passed away, she left behind a house full of beautiful antiques for her family to sift through. Gorgeous Victorian furniture, practically unused antique china, a pristine collection of crystal candlesticks, and a full set of vintage silverware and silver serving pieces. It was a collection curated from a lifetime of hard work, and each piece had been cared for meticulously.

Regardless of their pristine shine initially, tarnish is inevitable even for the most precious of sterling silverware and serving pieces. Caring for antiques of all kinds can be a tricky task, but caring for silverware without damaging its luster can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced homemaker. In this article, we’re going to learn the best way to clean tarnished silverware, serving pieces, and silver jewelry.

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Best Foot Cream for Sore Feet

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We all deal with tired achy feet, regardless of what type of work we do. If you work in an industry that has you on your feet all day, if you work outside in wet conditions, and even those dealing with uncomfortable shoes in the office all deal with sore feet. Whatever the reason, we have the answers for all of your podiatric woes!

Today we’ll go over what causes sore feet, how to choose the best foot cream for sore feet, and how to treat yourself-er- I mean your tired achy feet. But let’s be honest, it’s a treat for you too.

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How Long Does It Take for Sterling Silver to Tarnish?

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You may have inherited a lovely, sterling silver tea service set, a beautiful serving platter, or another heirloom sterling silver object from a beloved relative. Perhaps, you have several pieces of sterling silver jewelry you really love to wear. You’re ready to use the tea set or wear your jewelry only to find out that the pieces have tarnished.

Why do sterling silver pieces tarnish? Just how long does it take for sterling silver to tarnish? What’s the best way to remove it and how can you keep silver from tarnishing so you can enjoy your sterling silver items year after year?

We’ll explore these questions about silver tarnishing and more in this article, so read on.

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How to Clean Badly Tarnished Brass Door Handles

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If you are like me, you know there is nothing quite as beautiful as a well-restored Victorian home. Well crafted solid wood trims and floors, artfully designed windows, and ornate metalwork are among the many details you might find in an older home. These details are a feast for the eyes when they are in good shape, but they can also be the bane of your existence when it comes to restoring and maintaining these historic abodes.

One issue that leaves many enthusiastic DIYers frustrated is tarnished fixtures and door knobs or handles. Even more frustrating is identifying the right way to clean them without damaging them. Have no fear, your home improvement projects aren’t going to end in failure. In this article, we’re going to go over how to clean badly tarnished brass door handles or really any tarnished brass that has you stressed.

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How to Get Rid of Tarnish on Silver

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So, your beautiful sterling silver jewelry has been sitting tucked away in a box, and you pull it out and find that it’s now tarnished. How does this happen? It can be daunting when trying to figure out how to get rid of tarnish on silver. There’s a lot of things that can cause it. Don’t worry– once you learn how to clean silver the right way, you can restore your favorite silver pieces of jewelry to new again.

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