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How to Clean Leather Boots

If you own comfortable, rugged work boots, you might be disappointed that the leather has started to show signs of wear and tear. A little cleaning and conditioning every once in a while can help your investment last years longer. Just follow this guide on how to clean leather boots.  Best Way to Clean Leather Boots Remove the laces. If they’re dirty, add them to a batch of laundry. It’s also easy and inexpensive to replace boot laces. Remove crusty mud and dirt: Brush away loose debris with a soft cloth or stiff brush. Apply water and soap: Mix up a solution of warm

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Holiday Visitors Are Coming – Give the Gift of Time

Holiday Visitors Are Coming, Give the Gift of Time The holiday season is upon us again, and with it comes the never-ending cycle of friends, family and houseguests. You know the feeling – the front door is constantly opening, and your house is buzzing with activity from Thanksgiving well into the new year. It’s hard to find time to recuperate. In fact, it’s hard to find time for anything except cleaning and preparing for the next visit. It’s an endless cycle of joy and vacuuming. Thankfully, Molly Maid can help you, your friends and your family members with your ever-shrinking

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How to Unshrink a Sweater

Due to the falling temperatures outside, you probably spend more time inside during the winter than any other season. You may love wearing wool sweaters to help you stay cozy while keeping a lid on your heating bills. Of course, you need to wash wool garments occasionally to remove sweat, skin oils, and stains. Fortunately, wool fibers are self-regulating, so you don’t need to launder your sweaters as often as other clothes.  However, if you forgot to follow all the right tips on cleaning and caring for wool, your favorite sweater may have shrunk. This can happen if you wash the garment

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How to Clean & Care for Wool

Wool is a delicate natural fiber that offers wonderful warmth and moisture-wicking capabilities. As the weather cools off, you may be gearing up to get your wool sweaters out of storage. Keep the fibers as fresh as the day they were shorn with these wool care tips. How to Care for Wool Between Washes To help wool clothing last longer, only wash them when necessary. The self-regulating fibers don’t need to be laundered as often as other materials. Between washes, keep your wool items looking like new with these tips: Spot-clean small stains by blotting with water and mild soap.

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How to Remove Melted Crayon

There’s nothing quite like giving your child a new box of brightly colored crayons. As a parent, it’s delightful to watch your kids bring their imagination to life on paper. But when those waxy sticks melt in the car or dryer, you end up with a rainbow-colored stain on your upholstery or clothing. That’s not quite so delightful. Fortunately, with a few tricks and tips, you can learn how to remove melted crayon from car seats, clothes, and the dryer drum. How to Get Melted Crayon Out of Clothing Fabric Even though you always check pockets before loading clothes into

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How to Wash Curtains and Drapes

Take a closer look at the window coverings in your living room. Dark-colored curtains tend to show dust easily. Even if your drapes look clean, they could be harboring dirt, hair, mold spores, pollen, and other allergens that make you sneeze. Learn how to wash curtains and drapes with these tips here. Then, make this a part of your seasonal cleaning routine to keep your window coverings looking great for years to come. Best Way to Wash Curtains and Drapes Cleaning methods depend on the fabric. Before you get started, check the label for cleaning codes and suggestions. If you can’t find

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How to Clean a Vacuum Cleaner

The vacuum cleaner is just one of many small appliances you count on to keep your home running smoothly. It’s a tool you use to clean the house, but what about cleaning the vacuum itself? Regular vacuum cleaner maintenance will help the machine maintain its suction and last for years longer before needing to be replaced. Molly Maid can help with these tips on how to clean a vacuum cleaner.  Gather Your Supplies Replacement vacuum bag (optional) Soap and hot water Can of compressed air Wire hanger Dryer sheet Broom or mop Duct tape Screwdriver Replacement vacuum belt (optional) Tweezers Scissors or

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Mustard Stain: Doggone It!

If you’ve ever gotten mustard on your fingers while making potato salad, deviled eggs or anything containing mustard, you know how it can stain your skin.  Imagine what it can do to your clothes!  We all try to be careful when eating, but accidents do happen.  You’re enjoying an outdoor barbecue with friends or taking in a ball game with your family when the unthinkable happens – a blob of mustard drips off your hot dog and on to your shirt.  Is your only option to trash the shirt or use it for cleaning rags?  Absolutely not.  We’ll tell you

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How to Clean Quartz Countertops

Homeowners choose quartz countertops for many reasons; their beauty, the fact that they harbor less bacteria because they’re nearly non-porous, and ease of cleaning.  You may have these gorgeous countertops in your kitchen, bathroom, or both, and you want to keep them sparkling like new.  From streaks and fingerprints to stains, we’ll show you how to clean quartz countertops so that you can enjoy their beauty for years to come! First, always be sure to wipe up any spills right away. Juice, jelly, mustard, ketchup – anything that spills and sits for a while will be harder to remove and may

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How to Remove Chlorine from Bathing Suits, Hair & Skin

Chlorine is a vital chemical for making public water safe, both for swimming and drinking. Unfortunately, it has some undesired consequences. Chlorine has a distinct odor that follows you home. It causes dry, itchy skin for sensitive individuals. It even has a bleaching effect that turns light-colored hair green and fades bathing suits over time. To prevent these problems and still enjoy hours in the pool every week this summer, you need to learn how to remove chlorine from your bathing suit, hair, and skin. Just follow these tips before getting in the water and washing up after the pool.

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How to Clean the American Flag

You may love hanging the American flag in your yard as part of your patriotic garden, especially if you’re a retired veteran or have family members serving in the Armed Forces. Unfortunately, flags get dirty, just like any fabric left outside for extended periods. Have you ever wondered, “Can you clean the American flag?” If so, the answer is simple – flying a dirty flag is poor etiquette, and dirt also wears out the flag faster, so cleaning it is not only possible but highly recommended. The problem is that American flags can be tricky to wash. The bright red and

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How to Pack (and Stay Organized) for a Road Trip

Road trips make traveling with your family affordable. You can bring whatever you want without worrying about baggage restrictions at the airport. Plus, you can pace yourself and make stops along the way to your destination. Soak up all the sights our great nation has to offer with a family road trip this summer! The trick is to keep your car clean and make finding certain items easier as you travel. With this guide on how to pack for a road trip, never again will you misplace or accidentally ruin belongings while on the road. Know What to Pack for

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