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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 3/8/2019

To clean a kitchen cabinet, the type of cabinet you have in your kitchen matters. For general kitchen cabinet cleaning, the following cleaning materials are essential:

  1. Water and detergent
  2. All-purpose cleaner
  3. Vinegar and water
  4. Non-abrasive All-Purpose Cleaner
  5. Baking soda and water

Painted Cabinets

Oil-based painted cabinets are durable and easy to clean. You can use any of the above-listed cleaning materials for this type of finish. There is no concern about damaging the finish, hence; all you need to do is scrub hard to rid it of the dirt and food items. Use water and baking soda if your painted kitchen cabinets have stubborn stains. 

You, however, should be careful if your painted cabinet comes with a water-based latex style of paint. Baking soda, for instance, might scratch off the surface. Instead of this, consider warm water and be sure to be gentle while scrubbing. 

Metal Cabinets

The easiest of the cabinets to clean are the metal type. You can use any of the above means to clean a metal cabinet, except a baking soda. Be careful not overuse water to prevent the obvious – rusting!

Wood Cabinets

An oil-soap wood cleaner is the best cleaning material to use for a wooden cabinet. You can get this at the local grocery or hardware store. Also, with everyday kitchen materials, you can also clean your wooden cupboards easily.

  • Detergent: Any grease or oil laundry detergent and water works well on wood cabinets. Just mix two cups of water alongside every cup of soap. Be sure not to over wet the wood because it can affect the finish. It is also important to wipe it down with a damp and separate cloth.
  • Vinegar: Without any liquid based detergent, you can use water and vinegar as a good alternative. With vinegar, you can get rid of sticky films as a result of dirty hands.
  • Baking Soda: When you have stubborn stains, baking soda is the best to get rid of it. Mix baking soda with water to have a paste, with a wet cloth wipe it cloth

Conclusion

Since a kitchen cabinet is like the workbench in a kitchen, it sees a lot of bacteria, oil, dirt, and grease. That is why it needs frequent and regular cleaning. With routine cleaning, you save more on cleaning services and also ensure you have healthy cooking all year round. If you are having trouble cleaning your kitchen, call in a professional cleaning service to help you get it into shape.




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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 2/15/2019

Packing your suitcase have got to be the most demanding part of your prep. With work, home chores, and other daily routines, the flight you booked a month ago may be upon you in a few minutes.

Say you have just thirty minutes to pack your suitcase or miss your flight for good. What do you do? For starters, bookmark this page and follow the steps listed below. You will be happy you did!

  • First things first, get a suitable bag or suitcase. A big suitcase will make you pack more than you should while a small carry-on bag may be a bit too small. Take the time to choose a bag that suits your stay.
  • Start with relevant items such as bras, socks, shorts, PJ’s, and tops. Be sure to pack one or two extra tops should the need arise. You could also pack one or two fewer shorts. You can always repeat shorts.
  • Set aside two traveling outfits. Make sure they are clothes you are comfortable in because rides are typically unpredictable. Remember to pack your return outfit and leave the other gear for the soon-to-commence journey.
  • There is always space for toiletries. Fix in your conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, body lotion, shampoo, body wash, and perfume.
  • Of course, you need some accessories. Pack in a few accessories such as jewelry and your makeup kit. Remember to pack light. You don't want to go against the TSA rule.
  • Your outfit is incomplete without shoes. Yes, shoes. Try packing at least one type from each category — to have something for every occasion. You don't want to wear flip-flops to a business meeting. And no one wants heels on a beach — pack for the event.
  • Don’t forget to bring a few stuff to make the journey fun. Your suitcase should always have space for your fun bag. Be sure to come with anything that floats your boat. A journal, laptop, drawing pad, headphone, etc. Of course, your phone and chargers should also be in your fun bag. Just about anything to keep you engaged to and from the journey will work the trick.
  • And you are good to go!

Who said packing has to be stressful? You can pack for a week-long vacation in thirty minutes or less with the right hacks. Try these hacks and leave your feedback on how minutes you spent packing. Bon Voyage!




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Posted by Larry Costa REALTOR® on 10/3/2014

Who wouldn't like to pay off the mortgage early? Getting rid of mortgage debt will allow you the security and the psychological benefit of owning your home free and clear. There are lots of ways to accomplish these goals. Here are some suggestions on ways to get rid of your mortgage debt. Compare the options and do what works best for you. 1. Add more money to your monthly payment. This will help pay down the principal balance shortening the length of your loan. When you pay more on your principal is gets lower, and the lower your principal gets, the more every payment from then on is applied to principal, as less goes to cover interest expense. 2. Refinance. Refinance your mortgage to 10, 15 or 20 years. Your payments will be higher on a 15-year loan, but often the rate is lower and the loan is paid off much quicker. If you are afraid to take out a 15- year loan take out a 30-year loan, but make payments as if you had a 15-year loan. 3. Make biweekly payments. Most banks have a biweekly payment plan. Since there are 52 weeks in the year if you pay half your regular mortgage payment every other week, you'll have made 26 half-payments, or 13 payments. There are options when it comes to owning your home free and clear. Just decide which one works for you and be on your way to being mortgage free.