What To Do After A Hurricane



"Hurricanes: After the Storm - Important Tips

Be very careful to take certain precautions after the storm has passed. Damage to your home can have a tramatic  impact, and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how to reenter your home. Having a plan, and being aware of certain risks, will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family.  

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Stay tuned to local news organizations, such as a radio or television station, for important announcements, bulletin, and instructions concerning the storm area, medical aid and other forms of assistance, such as food, water and shelter.  
  • Remember that you may not have immediate access to your home. Emergency rescue crews, power crews and other personnel may be attending to special needs. Listen for the latest news updates in your area.
  • Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.  
  • Avoid driving as roads may be blocked.
  • Avoid sight-seeing or entering a storm ravaged area unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.  
  • Avoid downed power lines even if they look harmless.
  • Avoid metal fences and other metal objects near downed lines.  
  • DO NOT use matches in a storm ravaged area until all gas lines  are checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand).    
  • Avoid turning the power on at your home if there is flooding present. Have a professional conduct a thorough inspection first.
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  • Have a professionals/licensed contractors inspect your home for damage and help in repairs. This includes electricians, as well as professionals to inspect gas lines, remove uprooted trees , repair damage and check plumbing.
  • Remember that downed or damaged trees can hold power lines that can be dangerous.  
  • Use a camera or cellphone to record any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.  
  • In certain areas, the flooding  that accompany a storm can create pest problems. Be aware of potential pest problems in your area, such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have "come in with the storm".  
  • Telephone lines will likely be busy in the area; use a phone only for emergencies. Texting is the best option.
  • Flooding brings with it the risk of waterborne bacterial contamination. Try not to walk in standing water.
  • You should assume that the water is not safe and use properly stored water or boil your tap water.

These are a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a severe storm hits. Remember to keep your radio tuned to a station for emergency bulletins and updates with the latest information."

 

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Hurricane Preparedness

 

What To Do When A Hurricane Is 36 Hours From Arriving

  • "Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
  • What To Do When A Hurricane Is 18-36 Hours From Arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
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  • What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6-18 Hours From Arriving

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
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  • What To Do When A Hurricane Is 6 Hours From Arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions."
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How To Choose The Right Front Door

Not all exterior doors are created equal. Below you will find the pros, cons, and costs of different types of doors.

 

 

When looking for a new Front door, you are looking for good looks and value. Not only does replacing your front entry door kick up your curb appeal, it’s also a solid investment with a good payback.

A new Steel Front door has a median cost of $2,000, and you’ll recover 75% of that investment if you decide to sell your house.

If you choose an energy-efficient exterior door, you cut up to 10% off your energy bills.

But how do you know which door is right for you? Make your decision by comparing the three main materials available for exterior doors: steel, fiberglass, and wood.

Steel Entry Door

If you’re looking to keep your cost down, a steel door is a great choice. A simple, unadorned steel door can sell for as little as $150 to 400$ (not including hardware, lock set, paint, or labor) .Still, the attractive cost of a steel door comes with an important compromise: It probably won’t last as long. A steel door exposed to salt air or heavy rains may last only five to seven years. Despite steel’s reputation for toughness, it actually didn’t perform well against wood and fiberglass for normal wear and tear. With heavy use, it may dent, and the damage can be difficult and expensive to repair. If your door will be heavily exposed to traffic or the elements, you may be better off choosing a different material.

Steel also offers the strongest barrier against intruders.

Fiberglass Door

Fiberglass doors come in a variety of styles, many of which mimic the look of real wood. And if limited upkeep is your ideal, fiberglass may be your best bet.Fiberglass doesn’t expand or contract a lot as the weather changes. Therefore, in a reasonably protected location, a fiberglass entry door can go for years without needing a paint or stain touch up and can last 15 to 20 years. Although it feels light to the touch, fiberglass has a very strong coating that’s difficult for an intruder to breach. It has a foam core that offers considerable insulation.

Fiberglass generally falls between steel and wood in price.  Models range  in price from about $150 to $600.

Wood Exterior Door

Wood is considered the go-to choice for high-end projects. it's luxurious look and heavy weight can not be flawlessly duplicated by fiberglass or steel — though high-end fiberglass products are getting close. If your home calls for a stunning entry statement with a handcrafted touch, wood may be the best material for you.

Wood is usually the most expensive choice of the three — roughly $500 to $2,000, excluding custom jobs — and requires the most maintenance, although it’s easier to repair scratches on a wood door than dents in steel or fiberglass. Wood doors should be repainted or refinished every year or two to prevent splitting and warping.

A  note on choosing a door based on energy efficiency.....Because efficiency depends on a number of factors besides the material a door is made of — including its framework and whether it has windows — look for the Energy Star label to help you compare doors.                                                                                                                                                                                   Good luck choosing your new Front Door. 

Wood Front Door

Wood Front Door

Fiberglass Front Door  

Fiberglass Front Door

 

Steel Front Door  

Steel Front Door

 

How To Care For Your New Hardwood Floors

ESSENTIAL CARE

"Vacuum or sweep your floor regularly with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, especially in high-traffic areas. This prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head.

Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight. Most wood types will gradually age when not covered, so it’s a good idea to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help it age evenly.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE

  • Keep pet's nails trimmed and their paws clean. Pets can track in substances that cause scratching and stains.

  • Use a humidifier during heating seasons to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%.

  • Wipe up spills and spots immediately with a Hardwood Floor cleaner ( I use Bona.) applied directly to a clean white cloth.

  • Use ice to harden tough substances like wax or chewing gum, and then gently scrape with a plastic scraper or a credit card. Be careful not to scratch the surface and wipe the area clean with a soft, slightly damp cloth."

5 Common Carpet Stains & How To Remove Them Yourself.

5 Common Carpet Stains & How To Remove Them Yourself.

"Carpets might feel nice when you’re walking around on them, but when it comes to stains… not so nice. Nobody likes a carpet full of stains. I’m going to walk you through five of the most common carpet stains and I’m going to show you how to remove them them yourself.

Before We Get Started!

Here are a few quick pointers before we get into the stain removal tips. First of all, there are different kinds of carpets, so find out what kind of carpet you have before you actually start cleaning it – that way you can take any special cleaning instructions into consideration.

Also, an important point here – any stain solution you’re trying, you always want to check it in an  hidden area first to see how it affects your carpet. If you have a big stain in the middle of your room, you don’t want to use something that might permanently damage the carpet, so go find a little corner and test it over there.

A couple other things to keep in mind: 1) don’t use too much product, it’s so hard to get out liquid  from carpets, so use as little as possible, and 2) don’t scrub or rub, always use a patting or blotting motion.

Finally, if it is a really stubborn stain, you can always bring in a carpet cleaning professional – they have equipment and products that you don’t have , and they can really do wonders on carpet stains!

Animal Accidents

Anyone with animals has had them have accidents on the carpet. What I’ve learned over the years is that blotting is SO important! Get a roll of paper towels and  just pressing down, lift up, get a new piece of paper towel, press down, lift up, a new piece of paper towel… you get the idea. You want to suck up as much of that urine as possible, and remember, don’t use the same piece of paper towel each time.

Once that’s done, just mix up a solution of equal parts, white vinegar and water. Put that in a spray bottle and mist it over the area, then, start blotting it up with clean paper towels. You want to repeat this several times so that you really lift out as much as you can and get rid of that odor.

Let’s say you didn’t see when it happened, but you certainly smelled it a few days later. What you can do is apply the process I’ve explained above with the vinegar and water solution, then, once you’ve done that a bunch of times, you can sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it sit. Baking soda is a great for absorbing odor and when you let it set for about 24 hours it’s going to do its work in terms of getting rid of those odors. You’ll also likely see some yellow stuff come up too – perfect. Now, you can scrape it up and then vacuum.

Coffee Stains

Oh no, you spilled your coffee! Now you’ve got a cleanup job on your hands. Well, the first thing to do, obviously, is to blot , get out your paper towels and just blot up as much coffee as you can from the carpet.

Then get yourself a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and fill a clean spray bottle with it. Get yourself some old towels – preferably white towels –  (If they’re colored you run the risk of dye transfer, and you don’t want that!).You’ll also need a steam iron (and make sure that it’s full so that you have a lot of steam) and a large bowl of water.

How To Remove The Stain

  1. Start by spraying the hydrogen peroxide over the coffee stain.
  2. Take a towel, dunk it in the water, wring it out and lay it on top of the stained area.
  3. Take your steam iron (on full steam) and just put it down on that towel right over the stain and let it do its thing for about 15 to 20 seconds.
  4. Once that time is up, remove the towel (you should see some of the coffee in the white cloth) and then get a fresh towel and repeat steps 1 – 3.

You might have to do this 15 or 20 times but the stain will come up.

A couple of warnings – first of all, make sure that you test hydrogen peroxide on your carpet before you attempt this. Hydrogen peroxide can bleach certain surfaces. Second, make sure that the heat setting on your iron is appropriate for the task that you’re doing. You guys know your iron, you know what’s going to burn something and what’s going to be okay, so make sure that you use the appropriate setting.

Blood Stains

 No one wants a blood stain on their carpet and thankfully, there’s a quick solution to get rid of it, but keep in mind, because this one has a little bit of soap in it, you don’t want to go over the top! You need to be really careful with how much product you use.

In a small container, mix up two parts hydrogen peroxide to one part dish soap. . Stir that up and start applying it gently to the stain then let it sit for a couple of minutes. The hydrogen peroxide is going to need some time to do its work. Next, take a clean cloth and blot the stain, re-apply and repeat. Remember – we’re not rubbing, we’re just pressing hard, blotting and repeating.

Once the blood stain is gone you need to use clean cold water and a clean towel to flush the area clean to remove any of that soap or else you’re going to get a  ghost stain from the soap.

Red Wine Stains

One of the toughest carpet stains you can get is a wine stain. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to clean it. As usual blot up as much as you can  with paper towels or an old white towel and then simply add some club soda, not a ton, just enough to cover the stain. The bubbles are going to help break the stain away from the carpet fibers and allow you to lift the stain out. Blot up the club soda and repeat as necessary.

Chewing Gum

Gum isn’t technically a carpet stain but I am going to include it anyway.  There’s a pretty simple thing that you can do to get rid of this sticky mess. First , get an ice pack. That’s right! Get some ice and put it in a Ziploc bag. Put it on top of the gum and let the gum freeze. You might need to leave it for 15 minutes or you might need to leave it for an hour and change out the ice pack.  The gum can’t just be cold, it has to be frozen.Once it’s frozen, you can use your fingers or an object like a butter knife and just start to pick up that frozen gum. It’ll sort of chip off –  and you can throw it away. You might be left with a little stain behind but that’s something that you can easily clean with that hydrogen peroxide, dish soap solution that I just told you about for blood.

Stains are definitely a pain but the good news is there are solutions, and they do work."

What your Favorite Color Says About You And How To Decorate With It.


 

HOW TO FIND YOUR FAVORITE COLOR.

"You can figure out your favorite color easily by doing a little detective work.

  • Look in your closet first. Even if you don't wear your favorite color every day, the clothing color you buy over and over reveals your preference.
  • Look around your home for clues. Often our favorite color appears in your home as decor you "just had to have," even though it may not be part of your color scheme. The favorite color at home appears as an impulse buy.
  • Look at photos you have taken when you're outside exploring. Are you partial to sunset photos and shots of sunflowers? Then your favorite color will be warm. If your landscape photos feature blue skies, water, and buildings, your favorite color will most likely be a cool color.

Once you know your favorite color, use these easy decorating tips to incorporate it.

If Your Favorite Color is Red

Red hues can be fiery, or warm and welcome. Red with a hint of blue undertone can be regal and decadent. Warm reds are a favorite of those that love drama and excitement. Ruby reds, like other jewel tones, are the favorite of the lovers of indulgences, like a great red wine and fine dining.

How to Decorate With Red

Red has been a popular dining room color for many yeas. The belief in color psychology is that red stimulates the appetite, and in the practice of Feng Shui, it creates strong energy. This is not  the most desirable goal for a dining room at home if you'd like your guests to linger.

Red is a beautiful and dynamic front door color, and can boost your home' curb appeal  

If Your Favorite Color is Yellow

Yellow is a happy color.  It's a mood-lifter that appeals to optimistic and social people. A cheerful and bright personality is often described as "sunny," which sums up the yellow-lover perfectly.

How to Decorate With Yellow

The most versatile and pleasant yellows are the purest. Watch out for yellow with green undertones, as they can be harsh and hard to match. A gorgeous neutral gold color can be just as cheerful as a bright yellow, but can be more livable in living and family rooms. The purest yellows can light up a kitchen or eat-in nook. 

If Your Favorite Color is Blue

Blue is a calming color and is the most common favorite color among men. Blue appeals to people who consider themselves down-to-Earth, and easy going. The most restful blues are popular for those seeking comfort and relaxation.

How to Decorate With Blue

Blue can range from an easy denim hue to a bright robin's egg or even a smoky gray-blue. Most any blue is relaxing and easy to live with. If your taste leans toward blue with a touch of green, keep your other colors on the warm side and avoid gray in the space. Blue is a restful bedroom color and is especially pleasant for a guest room. 

If Your Favorite Color is Green

All shades of green are not as popular as blue or neutral colors, because of green's tendency to become harsh easily with certain undertones. The most popular green is a deep emerald green that conjures images of a vibrant forest.

 Lush green is a favorite of those that value tradition, nature, and abundance. 

How to Decorate With Green

The most popular green color used at home is sage green. This is a soft green that is muted with gray. Sage green is a relaxing backdrop for living and family rooms, as it doesn't overwhelm the space with color. Brighter greens and those with yellow undertones are perfect as accents in a kitchen or adjacent eating area.

If Your Favorite Color is Neutral

Neutral colors can be anything from beige to gray, in all shades. The darker the neutral, the more formal and traditional your style will be. Soft neutrals are favored by those that crave simplicity, and balance. 

How to Decorate With Neutral Colors

It's essential to know the concept of undertones, and how to recognize them.

A neutral-filled room that contains taupe with a pink undertone, and beige with a green undertone, will feel out of balance enough to be noticeable. If you're combining neutrals, a range of shades in the same color will be more harmonious. "

Just pick something you like
With these things in mind, go and just pick a color that you really like. You can't go wrong with that.

Tips For Being Energy Efficient During The Summer.

  • Set the A/C to 78 degrees or above. The A/C is the largest consumer of energy in most Floridians’ homes, and the one that puts in the most overtime when the summer heat is at its highest. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when cooling to maximize energy savings. For every degree the thermostat is set above 78, customers can save up to 10 percent on their cooling costs. Customers who set their thermostats to the recommended temperatures year-round could save about $300 in annual energy costs. You could also make saving energy even easier by investing in a programmable thermostat.
  • Become a fan of the fan. Ceiling fans offer an inexpensive alternative to setting the thermostat to a lower temperature. That’s because fans make people feel several degrees cooler without lowering the temperature in the room – all while using a smaller amount of the energy consumed by the A/C. Set the fan to turn counter-clockwise in the summer and make sure to turn it off when leaving the room.
  • Adjust the water heater. This is one simple  change that will continue saving energy over time. Set the water heater to 120 degrees instead of 140  and save up to $85 in annual energy costs. If you head out of town, turn it off entirely. There’s no need to heat unused water. Plus, once turned back on, most models will reheat the water to the set temperature in about an hour.
  • Upgrade attic insulation. Think of it as adding another layer of protection between your living space and the outdoors. Upgrading to insulation that’s rated R-38 or greater is the best way to reduce  home cooling and heating costs. 
  • If you can stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Take your culinary quest to the grill instead. Using the oven in the heat of summer forces a home’s A/C to work harder, raising electric bills. Grill outdoors instead of baking or roasting to save energy and money. 

4 Simple Ways to Clean Your Grout

 

 

Even after mopping, tile floors with dirty grout may still look messy. You can make your floors look fresher by cleaning the grout between the tiles. Here are 4 simple ways to clean your grout.

Method 1

Using Baking Soda and Vinegar

  1. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water to make a thick paste. This versatile cleaner will work with all colors of grout, but vinegar can be harmful to some natural stones such as marble or limestone.

    • Apply the paste to the grout lines with your finger.
    • Although the baking soda isn’t harmful, wearing rubber gloves can help prevent scratches or irritated skin from the abrasive grout and baking soda.
  2. Make a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the baking soda paste you applied with the vinegar solution. You should immediately see bubbling which lets you know the natural cleaning process has begun.

  3. Wait for the solution to stop bubbling. The bubbling action is a chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar. The reaction generally lasts a few minutes. After the bubbling has stopped the chemical cleaning action is done.

  4. Scrub the grout lines with a brush. Use a nylon bristled scrub brush, or a toothbrush, to scrub along each grout line. Pay close attention to corners and edges to make these areas clean as well.

  5. Mop the floor with plain water. Use a mop and plain water to remove the baking soda and vinegar residues. Rinse your mop and change the water often during the cleaning process so you do not continue to spread the residue around the floor.

Method 2

Cleaning with Oxygenated Bleach

  1. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of oxygenated bleach into 2 cups of warm water. Make the solution immediately prior to use for best results. Mix the solution thoroughly to ensure that the oxygen bleach is fully activated.The bleaching power of the oxygen bleach may damage colored grout, but is gentle enough for all tile types.

  2. Test a hidden corner of the grout before cleaning the entire floor. Some tiles or grouts may be bleached or discolored by oxygen bleach. Apply a small amount of the oxygen bleach solution to a discreet section of the grout to test for colorfastness.

  3. Pour the oxygen bleach solution onto the grout. Make sure to pour enough to fully cover the grout lines. Clean one section of the floor at a time to avoid having a completely wet floor.

  4. Use a nylon bristle brush to scrub the oxygen bleach solution into the grout lines. Allow the oxygen bleach solution to sit on the grout for several minutes for optimum results.[2]

    • Scrub the grout with the brush back and forth.
    • Be sure to scrub in corners and around the floor’s edges as dirt and grime tends to accumulate here.
  5. Dip the brush into the oxygenated bleach powder to increase cleaning power. If you find a stain that is darker or more noticeable, a stronger solution of oxygen bleach can be made by dipping your wet brush directly into the oxygen bleach powder.

    • NOTE Pour a small amount of the powder into a separate container to avoid mixing water into your main container of oxygen bleach powder.
  6. Rinse the floor with water and dry. Pour clean water directly on the tile floor and dry it with a towel or clean mop.

Method 3

Cleaning Grout with Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and Dish Soap

  1. Make a paste. Mix ¾ cup baking soda, ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tablespoon dish soap. This highly effective paste cleans the grout in three ways:

    • The baking soda works as a natural abrasive to scrub the grout.
    • The hydrogen peroxide chemically reacts with the baking soda releasing bleaching oxygen ions.
    • The dish soap helps loosen dirt and remove grease.
    • NOTE: The bleaching action of the chemical reaction may affect colored grout. Test a hidden corner before cleaning the entire floor.
  2. Apply the paste with a nylon bristled brush. A toothbrush or a nylon scrub brush work well. Be sure to apply the paste to the grout between all tiles and around the edges for a uniform clean look.

  3. Let the mixture sit on the grout for 15 minutes. You may see a bubbling reaction as the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide interact. Give the paste time to work its way into the grout to fully remove any stains.

  4. Rinse the grout with warm or hot water to remove all of the solution. Pour a small amount of water directly onto the tile floor to rinse the solution off the grout.

    • Use caution as wet tiled floors can be very slippery.
  5. Use a rag to wipe the grout to remove any leftover residue or dirt. Clean the remaining paste out of the grout by gently scrubbing the floor with a towel. This can be done by standing on a towel and shuffling the towel across the floor with both feet or by crawling and scrubbing as you go.

  6. Mop the floor with clean water. Ensure that no soap or residue is left behind by thoroughly mopping the floor with a cotton or sponge mop. Rinse the mop and change the water often to get achieve a clean finish.

Method 4

Cleaning Grout with a Steam Cleaner

  1. Rent or purchase a steam cleaner. Steam cleaners can effectively clean and sanitize all types of tiles and grouts as there are no chemicals involved. Visit your local home improvement store to find a machine to rent or buy. Make sure that the steam cleaner you acquire has the proper attachments for cleaning grout:[4]

    • Steam hose
    • Small brush attachment
  2. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to assemble and fill the steam cleaner.Read the directions carefully to avoid damaging the equipment.

  3. Fill the reservoir with clean water to the fill line according to the manual’s instructions. Do not add chemicals or soaps to the steam cleaner water reservoir.

  4. Turn the steam cleaner on and allow it to heat up. The steam cleaner’s instruction manual will advise you on how long to wait after turning on the machine before cleaning.

  5. Move the cleaning brush back and forth over the grout. Start at one side of the room and work your way towards the other end of the room. The steam will lift the dirt and grime from the grout and also kill any mildew that may be present.

  6. Use a towel or mop to wipe up the excess moisture after cleaning. Be careful as the floor may be slippery after the steam condenses into water.

  7. NOTE: Steam cleaning will remove all grout sealant, so only use a steam cleaner if your grout is unsealed or if the sealant is old and you are ready to remove it.

Tips

  • You should always test a new cleaner or cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot to make sure it is not going to damage your grout or tile.
  • When using baking soda or oxygen bleach solutions, don’t make more than you need because these solutions can lose their potency quickly.
  • After cleaning the grout, apply a sealant to keep it cleaner longer.

Warnings

  • Do not use a hard bristled brush like a steel or wire brush because this may break and damage the grout
  • Don’t use vinegar on any real marble, granite, travertine, or other natural stone because it might etch the surface and cause permanent damage. The grout used with these surfaces should only be cleaned with a ph neutral solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • Oxygen bleach

  • Clean water

  • Nylon bristled brush

  • Mop

  • Baking soda

  • Toothbrush

  • Steam cleaner

Top 12 Things To Do To Your Home to Prepare for a Hurricane .

June 1 is the start of Hurricane Season here in Central Florida. RyCass would like to give you a list of the top 12 things to do to your house to be prepared and a free checklist to download. 

 

1.Plywood: Nailing plywood over windows is still the best option for protecting the inside of your house.

2.Sand bags: If you live in a low area, especially, use sand bags to dispel water.

3.Bring outside furniture indoors: Move patio furniture and pool toys into the garage.

4. Turn off utilities if you leave: Before evacuating, shut off power, propane gas and water, but leave on natural gas unless told to do so by authorities. A licensed professional is the only one who can turn it back on.

5.Anchor mobile homes: Pre-1994 construction mobile homes probably aren’t anchored well enough to stand even Category 1 hurricanes.

6.Buy impact resistant glass: Well before you hear about any storms, replace older windows with higher resistance ones.

7.Prepare your pool: Make sure water drains fro the deck, store toys, and close umbrellas.

8.Lock windows and doors: Lock up your windows and doors for personal safety and to keep the wind from blowing them open.

9.Prune trees and shrubs: Loose limbs and plants will fly around easily when the winds pick up.

10.Get storm shutters: Place these over glass doors, windows and skylights.

11.Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Make sure these will work even if the power is out.

12.Buy tarps and rope: Already have these items on hand so that you can start repairs as quickly as possible to prevent more damaged

 

Best Of Sanford Award

Rycass Remodel Receives 2017 Best of Sanford Award

Sanford Award Program Honors the Achievement

SANFORD May 2, 2017 -- Rycass Remodel has been selected for the 2017 Best of Sanford Award in the Painting & Papering category by the Sanford Award Program. RyCass Remodel has also been awarded " The Business Hall Of Fame" award for winning the "Best of Sanford Award" for 4 years running.

Each year, the Sanford Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Sanford area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Sanford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Sanford Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Sanford Award Program

The Sanford Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Sanford area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Sanford Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

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