Cleaning Hacks For Hidden Areas At Home

General home cleaning can be challenging even for a regularly neat and organized person. Setting a day or two for cleaning can be tiring, and most of the time there are areas that end up neglected. To ensure a spic and span home, owners need to clean these three hidden areas:


This hard to reach area easily gathers dust and dirt. If left unattended, doorframes can be a dirt settlement and become harder to clean. The dirt can stain doorframes with lighter colors and affect their original color. However, this area is actually very easy to clean with the use of a feather duster or a soft cloth. Spending a few minutes dusting off the top and the corners of doorframes can be just another item in the general cleaning list.

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Throwing the curtains in the wash is not enough. Curtains are made of different fabric and it’s best to look for the washing instructions to preserve its quality. Some curtains also gather dust, mildew, and other elements more than others. When washing, it’s better to do a deep wash that will get rid of all the dirt. For weekly cleaning, vacuuming or wiping will do the trick. Start from the top to prevent dust from settling.

Chandeliers, ceiling lights, ceiling fans

Ceiling fixtures are usually overlooked because it seems that no one will notice if these parts have been cleaned. Dust buildup can damage these fixtures and cause them to stop running altogether. Regularly cleaning the blades and other parts will also preserve their quality.

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These three areas at home are usually unnoticed. But just like all other areas in the house, these parts deserve to be checked and cleaned every once in a while.

Steve Silvers, the former CEO of Empire Today, is a Chicagoan entrepreneur and investor currently based in Los Angeles, California. He is the owner and chief executive officer of Paint Squad. For updates on home improvement and business, visit this page.


Paint color trends of 2017

Here and there, a touch of that eye-catching paint color can enliven that raw, boring patch in the living room. A new shade can provide the much-needed foundation to a den’s design flow. Paint hues can be matched with trending furniture design colors to create that ideal living space that is as inviting as it is functional. One needs some inspiration before starting with home improvement and renovation plans, and picking the right paint color for a working color palette may just be the proper boost to designing activities.

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There has been a romantic dimension to many of the trending colors this year. A set of dramatic furnishings can complement the assemblage of color choices. Compared to the dark tones of previous years, the current one has a moodier shade. Even if there is a seriousness to this year’s palette, some outstanding nuances and dimensions can be provided by selected shades.

Metallics and gilded ornamentations mix perfectly with dramatic dark blues and purples. Seemingly neutral shades are normally made more remarkable by a tinge of unexpected undertone. Type of lighting also affects color choices this year as color coordination becomes an even more complex conjunction of these elements. Apple green and particular shades of gold can be transformed into more sophisticated but fun options by adding undertones that can mute their overwhelming brightness.

Whites can work well for a room with little natural lighting, but choosing the right shade is much more crucial to provide enough pizzazz to avoid a dreary room color. Neutrals have been reworked this year to provide a more interesting twist to basic ones. Room accents also influence the viability of neutrals. One should know about what could work well with particular colors.

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Modern paint ideas for the home

Acquiring a home is an exhilarating time for homeowners. There are lot of things to take care of, and a lot of time to mold the place to anyone’s taste. Throughout the years, more ideas about home design have cropped up. From furniture to landscape,
designing a home can be fun. Here are a few ideas of how to paint a home.

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If the house is located in an area with many trees, paints of earth colors will make the house seem more friendly to nature. Browns and greens can help the house blend well with the surroundings. For houses located in the heart of the city, serene colors could break the gray monotony of the concrete jungle all around the house.


Any painter will advise a homeowner to change colors schemes in different parts of the house to give the house its own life. For example, roofs can be blue while the house itself can be dirty white, doors and window sills, red – for that all-American look. Post-modernistic designs even have houses colored black, with silver tops to provide a more science fiction feel.

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How True Business Leaders Think

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Throughout history, there have been countless debates on the nature of true business leaders. True business leaders have a different way of thinking, a different approach than that of the regular employee. One can say this about any true leader in any industry, and any walk of life.

True business leaders think of the future slightly more than they think of the present. They are goal-oriented and prioritize the achievement of that goal more than anything else. If there’s a target that needs to be hit, they plot the quickest, most efficient way to hit that target. Like chess masters, they plan their moves way ahead of time. They think of the possible scenarios and what could go wrong, and plan for it as well.

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True business leaders consider their subordinates a great deal, but not in the way most people think. It really doesn’t matter to business leaders what those under them may think of them. It’s infinitely more important how their subordinates think of the job. Though true business leaders know how to strike a balance between management and labor, they also know when to say no to their subordinates.

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How Paint Protects The House

Paint has a very huge influence in the total package of an American home. It’s an expression of ownership when one gets to decide what color to use on virtually any surface of the house. Undoubtedly, the obvious purpose lies in its visual effect. However, paint serves a number of other protective purposes, too.

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Paint deflects the heat of the sun. This adds a lot of years to the walls and roof of your house, as exposure to the direct glare of the sun can chip away at your home’s longevity. Too much heat expands matter, and this process of expansion and contraction will wear down your home faster, if not for the paint.

Nowadays, paint is manufactured with other materials which deter natural threats. There are many elements in nature that can prove to be unsightly on any nicely painted surface. Moss and ivy colonize walls which are not painted. These tend to remove the moisture off the walls and destroy their stability. Another culprit, most especially on roofs, is bird droppings. These have a significant amount of uric acid content which can speed up degradation in metals.

Brightly colored paints also allow the sun to come in and shine its light on places that are not easy to reach directly. This adds to the total look and feel of the inside of a house, but also deters fungi. This protects the family from unwanted diseases.

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Paint makes structures aesthetically pleasing. But with these benefits, it can make your home a much safer place, too.

Steve Silvers, the former CEO of Empire Today, now runs Paint Squad, an innovative painting company based in Los Angeles, California. For more resources on paint, visit this page.

Optimal Primers: Selection Considerations For Different Surfaces

The primary job of a coating of primer is to ensure the adhesion of the final coat of paint into the surface. A primer penetrates and smoothens out the porosity of an unpainted surface and creates an area better suited for the paint. In addition, some primers also contain ingredients designed to preserve the topcoat and the underlying surface being painted. A good primer is so effective that the only place where paint would need to be re-applied is where the paint and primer have both started to chip off.

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Not all primers are created equal. Much like topcoat paint, primers can be composed of water-, oil-, and shellac. The fast-drying water-based (or latex) primers are the most common and can handle a variety of surfaces such as drywall, softwood, and masonry. Former standard, oil-based primers are still preferred as paint for hardwood surfaces, as they can hide stains. Shellac-based primers are excellent at preventing water damage.

The composition of many primer coatings is optimized to meet the needs of a specific material. Wood primers, for instance, are formulated to resist the leaching of tannic acid from the woods, while metal primers resist oxygen to prevent corrosion. The age of the material often also influences the type of primer needed.

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Moreover, a primer by itself cannot always adequately prepare a surface for paint, especially if the final coat would have a glossy finish. Careful cleaning and patching with caulk would be required to smoothen adequately the surface and fill in gaps, while a primer and sealer would provide the finishing touches.

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Rethinking Popular Color Clichés For Interior Spaces

Using what works is a good strategy when deciding on the color scheme of an interior space. The interior can come off as monotonous and incredibly cliché, however, if it were applied throughout the home. Moreover, homes can end up looking incredibly trite if their occupants default to the same shades used by everyone else, turning their residence into a functional carbon copy of many other properties.

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Variety is the spice of life, and in interior decorating, a few nonconforming deviations here and there can help put details into sharp focus and make the home truly stand out and feel unique.

First of the clichés often found in interior decorating is uniformity. Frequently a lot of homes and apartments have rooms all in one color, which emphasizes this trite trend of spaces looking alike. Having a room’s walls be a single, solid color works quite well in most instances, but overuse of it could cause the entire home to look and feel identical to every other house, particularly if it happens to use the same (often inoffensively neutral) shade the others use.

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This monotony can be broken simply by choosing vastly contrasting color palette for the other rooms of the house. Contrasting colors can even be used in the same room. The homeowner shouldn’t be afraid to break with convention and use more vibrant (if still harmonious) hues.

Even the most creative variation can become an incredibly trite cliché if overused. A unique improvement such as an accent wall in one space shouldn’t be used in all spaces just because.

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