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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 Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

When it comes to laundering your bedding, there’s no set rule for how often you should do it. That’s because different factors determine whether you should wash the sheets once a week, once a month, or somewhere in between. Use these tips to help you keep your bedroom fresh with clean, lovely sheets. Variables that Affect Bed Sheet Wash Frequency Do you have pets? Do they sleep with you? If so, dog or cat hair, slobber and other unmentionables build up on the sheets. You may want to wash your bedding more often. How often do you shower? Do your showers take place

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How to Keep Kids’ Rooms Clean and Organized

The battle is all too familiar in households with kids across America. Every Saturday morning, you start with a gentle reminder: “Okay, kids, time to clean your rooms.” Whining, dawdling, and tantrums ensue. As the day wears on, the gentle reminder turns into an impatient demand: “Get in there and start cleaning up right now!” It’s exhausting for everyone. Fortunately, there’s a better way to get your kids to clean their rooms than by shouting and scolding. Try these tips for cleaning kids’ rooms to bring a little peace and order to your Saturday morning routine. Set a Good Example Don’t

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How to Clean a Lampshade

For items rarely cleaned, such as your lampshades, using the right methods will prevent damage and ensure you’re satisfied with the end result. The Molly Maid cleaning professionals are here to offer you expert advice on the best way to clean a lampshade, to eliminate the guesswork and help breathe new life into your living space.  How to Clean a Lampshade  You can keep your lampshades looking new with these cleaning tips for fabric shades and other common materials. Supplies Microfiber cloths Basin, sink, or tub deep enough to clean and rinse the shade Mild dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent Latex

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How to Deal with a Diaper Blowout

If you’re a new parent, you have plenty of special moments to look forward to. Diaper blowouts aren’t one of them. However, you’ll quickly realize that these are an inevitable part of parenthood. If your little one just had a blowout of epic proportions – one so bad you’re not sure where to start – follow these helpful tips to contain the mess while cleaning it up.  How to Clean a Diaper Blowout Keep calm and follow these tips to recover from a major diaper explosion. Clean the Baby If you’re at home, whisk your little one off to the bathroom.

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My Kid Peed the Bed. Now What?

Parenting is likely the toughest and most rewarding job you’ll ever have, and it is often filled with unexpected and sometimes unpleasant tasks. Once you have moved on past the diaper phase you may think you are home free, but for many, potty training is often accompanied or followed by a period of bed-wetting that may carry on for years, as your child’s body continues to develop and grow. Learning how to remove urine from a mattress effectively should be on every parent’s to-do list, and the experts at Molly Maid can help, with our step-by-step guide to make cleanup a breeze. Timing Is

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How to Clean Spilled Milk on Carpet & Fabric

Regardless of the old adage about not crying over spilled milk, it does require attention, and the sooner, the better. The instant that milk has penetrated your carpet or fabric it begins to curdle and turn sour—and in addition to the unpleasant odor it creates, it can also cause staining which may be difficult to remove. Here are some tips from the experts at Molly Maid that can teach you how to clean spilled milk from a variety of surfaces, and leave your home looking and smelling its best.  Blot It If you are there to witness the spill, immediately grab one

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How to Make Cleanup Time Fun for Kids

It’s every parent’s dream to have children who are willing to do chores. After all, it makes sense to enlist help from those who made the mess in the first place. Unfortunately, even at this young age, your kids recognize that chores aren’t fun. Don’t get stuck doing all the work yourself – learn some effective ways to make cleanup fun, so your children are more willing to lend a hand. Plan an Age-Appropriate Chore Chart Before you attempt any cleaning with kids, make sure you’re asking them to do age-appropriate tasks. Take each child’s capabilities into account when making

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How to Remove Sticker Residue

Children love stickers, and sometimes they end up on windows, walls, furniture, clothing, and places you would never expect.  Some adults like stickers as well, and you may find yourself regretting you stuck one on a closet door or car bumper a few months or years down the road.  Can the residue from stickers be removed?  You’ll be relieved to know in most cases, the answer is yes. Enjoy the tips below! Whether on wood, plastic, glass, rubber or other materials, the first thing you should do after removing the sticker is to remove as much residue as possible with

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Keeping Floors Clean With Pets

Pets make great companions, but they’re notorious for getting dirty. From piles of fur to muddy paw prints to spilled water dishes, it seems your four-legged friend is always making a mess somewhere. Fortunately, it’s possible to maintain a clean house, even if you have a dog or cat running around. Just follow these tips for keeping floors clean with pets. Brush, Brush, Brush Most dogs and cats shed, so fur-related messes are the number one issue pet owners face. Keep hair buildup at bay with daily brushing sessions. If possible, brush your pet outside to keep fur from flying

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