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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Guest Posts, Home & Garden, Seasonal & Events | 7 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.


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.


  1. As a professional pressure washer I recommend calling in a professional any time your project requires you to clean above ground level. There are more accidents from falls than almost any other kind of accident – so don’t be the next victim!

  2. There is a serious drought in California and it is a tremendous waste of water anywhere to recommend using your hose to clean your driveway and house.

  3. There are also providers (state paid and depends on income) that might be able to provide some assistance for you. Check with your state agencies for assistance, for instance-the aging office.

  4. Reach out to your local churches. Often during the summer especially the VBS and other groups help locals who need it and that often leads into help during the rest of the year as well. I’ll be praying for you.

  5. I am disabled and have chronic illness. I really need help cleaning my home and it is so hard on what I get every month. I am elderly and have no family here though my mom is in assisted living in Largo. I have some friends, and they help me get groceries. I have been very, very depressed over my situation, because I always was very independent and had good jobs. I am alone and so isolated. I do not drink or do drugs. I used to love to garden, but my doctor said due to a fractured spine I can no longer do this too. If you know of anyone that can help me, I would appreciate it. I have been trying to save money by taking surveys to pay someone. It is so hard. Anyway, thank you for reading this.

    • You could check w/ some in-home care organizations. They do personal care ( but if you don’t need that). They do shopping and other errands. Cleaning and in some cases allow for gardening and lawn care. My Dad in our area uses Granite State Independent Living & Hcs ( Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services). And usually they are based on your income. But, there may be others in your area too. Hope this helps.

    • Check also with county agencies–they often have some free resources for housecleaning.
      Here’s what I do:
      From personal experience, I know how difficult it is to ask for help–but you just have to do it! Ask those friends who are helping with your shopping if they know anyone who could clean for you. One of them may offer to do it. You may feel that it’s asking too much of one person–let them be the judge of that. Just say yes. Maybe a few folks can alternate.
      Be open with your concerns and ask for help. If someone says, “Is there anything else you need?” say “Yes! I need someone to clean occasionally.”
      I know how hard it is, when you’re depressed, to get anything accomplished–especially when you also have other physical issues–just doing absolute necessities is difficult. Hang in there, and good luck!

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