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Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Guest Posts, Home & Garden, Seasonal & Events | 0 comments

Spring Chores: Handyman or DIY?

Scenario #1: Furniture and Drapes
The fabric on your furniture has stains, and the drapes smell musty

DIY: If they have small stains, or there is a faint odor, the good news is that both items are easy to clean. For furniture stains, start with a damp cloth dipped in ice cold water and blot fabric dry. 90% of stains will come out because most furniture companies use fabric protectors. For tougher stains, a drop or two of mild dish soap diluted with ice cold water normally does the trick. For musty-smelling drapery: vacuum, shake out and refresh with an odor neutralizing spray.

Call the Professional: When the furniture is really stained (e.g., pet accidents and smells), or the drapes have not been cleaned in years, call a professional! Take advantage of a great Valpak offer in your local area to save money, time and a little sanity this spring.

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Scenario #2: Carpet Cleaning
Your carpeting has stains and dirty traffic patterns

DIY: Ask yourself: When is the last time you had your carpet professionally cleaned? If you only have a few “carpet spots” and have been vacuuming regularly throughout the year, you can simply use a carpet stain cleaner with a damp cloth to remove spots and stains.

Call the Professional: In a March 2014 Valpak Readership Survey, 50% of panelists would most likely hire someone to do carpet cleaning (over interior painting, maid services and garage cleaning).

Schedule an appointment with an expert so you can focus on the people and activities that matter most this spring, and not spending time handling a job that is better suited for a professional.

Scenario #3: Outdoor Home Tasks
Driveways, Decks, Patios and Awnings

DIY: If you have a high-pressure nozzle on your hose, it is time to get busy cleaning! Get a bottle cleaner that attaches to the hose, fill with cleaner and spray your driveway, deck and awnings clean. Pay close attention to the cracks and corners where dirt gets in.

Call the Professional: If the dirt on your outdoor surfaces is thick, a spray nozzle will not be enough. Find a coupon for a professional skilled in heavy-duty pressure washing, which will free up time for you to explore new spring activities this season!

Laura Dellutri is a recognized home and lifestyle expert that travels the country to share cleaning tips and advice for busy working families. She is the resident Life and Style Expert for “The Daily Buzz,” has appeared on national television shows such as ABC’s “The View” and CBS’s “The Early Show” and in notable magazines such as Real Simple, Redbook, Woman’s Day and Family Circle.

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