Painting Pointers I have some painting pointers to help you out!

Sure you know the basics of painting, but sometimes it’s the little hints that can make the job go more smoothly. I have some painting pointers to help you out!

1. Before you tape off your borders, rub the stub of an old candle around the edges on both sides of your roll of tape. This will help keep paint from sticking to the tape and pulling off of the wall when you remove it!

2. If your room calls for more than a gallon of paint, mix the two cans together. Even though the paint was mixed using the same formula it can have variations from can to can and you don’t want that showing up on your walls!

3. When cutting in keep a wet edge to prevent a hatband you know that line of paint that looks different than the walls where you cut in. To do this, work in small areas at a time and then roll the walls blending the paint as you go. Or work with a buddy, one of you can cut in while the other rolls the walls.

4. To remove your roller from its handle for cleaning, slip a plastic grocery bag over it, and pull the two apart. Simply drop the roller in your cleaning solution and toss the bag.

5. To clean the paint out of a paint pad, run it over a wire mesh screen under warm soapy water!


Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.

Painting Plastic

Whether you picked it up at a yard sale or it’s just seen better days, plastic furniture and kids toys can get new life with plastic paint!

1. Hose the furniture down. Add a squirt or two of dish soap and a half a cup of ammonia to a bucket of warm water. Scrub furniture with the ammonia mixture and then rinse it well.

2. When the piece has dried, set up a painting station. I like to hang a tarp from a wall or fence. Let it drape down to the ground. Depending upon the size of the piece you may need an additional for the ground.

3. Now all you need is plastic spray paint, the paint has a special formula that bonds to the plastic without using a primer, there are several brands on the market so just check your local home improvement center.

4. A couple of thing to remember when you’re spray painting. Always keep the can upright so it doesn’t clog and keep it moving. If you want to add even more interest to your piece try taping off certain areas with painters tape or contact paper and add different shapes or colors!

5. Once it’s dried, flip it over and spray the bottom. You also might want to do a second coat.


Handy Person Tips

1. Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easy.
2.To keep white paint from yellowing, add 10 drops of black paint to each quart of white.
3. When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.
4. An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.
5. When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.
6. Before starting to paint with enamel paint, lightly coat your hands and underneath your fingernails with any name brand hand cleaner. After the painting is finished, your hands will be easy to clean.
7. Line your paint tray with aluminum foil. When its time to clean up, just roll up the foil and throw away.
8. To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
9. To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.
10. When painting trim around windows, doorways etc. try using stiff paper to cover the area you don’t want painted. (An old phone book cover works well.) Slide paper along as you paint. It’s much faster and more economical than using masking tape. Works well with either a roller or brush.
11. When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact color with you and can match accessories in stores.
12. When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more evenly.
13. Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.
14. When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.
15. When painting old woodwork, fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.
16. When painting stairs, paint every other step first. When these are dry, paint the rest.
17. To avoid cleaning paint brushes and rollers if you intend to use the same color later, or if you do not have time to clean immediately, place the brushes and rollers in a plastic bag, tie shut and place in the freezer. They will keep for several days without drying up.
18. Protect hands from paint solvent by putting the brush and solvent into a strong plastic bag. With hands outside the bag, work the solvent into the brush through the plastic.
19. After cleaning your paint brush, a few drops of oil worked into the bristles will leave the brush soft and ready to use.
20. To clean paint rollers, fill an empty one-quart milk carton with solvent, put the roller inside and crimp the ends shut. Give the carton a few shakes, then let sit for a couple of hours.
21. Simmer hardened paint brushes in full-strength vinegar. Re move the softened paint with a wire comb or brush.

Painting Ideas It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for an old piece of furniture, but sometimes it can just be a big hassle. Follow these simple ideas your projects will be a lot easier.

1. When you’re painting a chair or table, put paper plates under the legs before your start. they’ll catch drips that may otherwise end up on the floor.

2. An easy way to get around chair and table legs it to wear a thick cotton glove, get the paint on the glove and wrap your hand around the leg, this gives you even coverage all the way around.

3. To paint a dresser or cabinet with small knobs, remove the knobs so that you get nice even coverage on the piece, but before you start, stick a toothpick in this hole so that it doesn’t get painted over.

4. An easy way to paint those knobs is to stick them to a piece of double sided carpet tape, then they will stay in place while you’re painting.


Interior Painting – Frequently asked questions

Can I paint directly over wallpaper?
No. Wallpaper can be painted over with the proper preparations. Be sure to remove any loose wallpaper, scuff/sand the surface, then apply interior oil-based primer.

Can I apply latex paint over oil based paint?
Yes. Be sure to prepare the surface properly before painting. Oil-based paints should be sanded to a flat finish before painting. After rinsing, apply Dutch Boy® oil-based primer and apply desired latex paint.

Can I apply paint directly over a semi-gloss paint?
No. Semi-gloss paint must be dulled to a flat finish by sanding*, allowing proper adhesion. Removing or disturbing old paint from interior or exterior surfaces by sanding, scraping, abrading or other means may produce dust, debris or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust, debris or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children and pregnant women. Structures built before 1978 should be tested by a licensed inspector prior to removing or disturbing old paint.

Can I use exterior paint on the inside of my house?
No. Exterior paints are formulated to be more flexible to withstand temperature and climate change.

How can I best prepare my walls before I paint?
Walls that have never been painted should have a recommended primer applied before painting. For previously painted walls, thoroughly wash them with a mild soap and water solution, then rinse with clean water. If your existing surface was painted previously with semi-gloss paint, the surface should be lightly sanded to a duller finish. If the walls have not been painted in five years or longer or are stained then primer should be used.

How much paint do I need?
To achieve one-coat coverage, paint should be applied at a maximum of 400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured surfaces may require more paint. On these areas allow for 125-300 square feet per gallon.

How do I prepare the surface?
As a general rule, all surfaces should be clean before painting. Remove any loose, peeling paint, and/or any other substrate that is on the surface*. Scrub all surfaces to remove all dirt, grease, oil, etc. Rinse surface well and allow to dry. Apply appropriate patching material to cracks, nail holes, or other surface imperfections, sand smooth, and remove sanding dust.

*If your existing surface is glossy, dull surface by sanding or use an abrasive cleaner. Remove any residue.

How do I take care of my freshly painted surface?
Freshly painted surfaces may be washed after 30 days. Avoid touching, wiping, or wetting any freshly painted surface for 30 days. After that time dirt and stains may be removed with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and water. Do not place objects on windowsills and shelves until paint is thoroughly dry.

How long should I wait before applying a second coat of paint?
A second coat of latex paint may be applied 6 hours after the first coat. With oil-based paint, you should wait 24 hours between coats.

Should I paint the trim before or after I roll the walls?
The wall area around the doors and windows and along the ceiling should be cut in with a brush, this will prevent the wall from having an obvious and unsightly picture frame effect. Then, the main part of the wall can be painted with a roller, rolling into these areas.

Why do I need to use a primer?
Primers are specifically formulated to seal porous surfaces, block stains, as well as to insure the proper adhesion of the topcoat and produce the best possible coverage.

What is the proper order to follow when painting a room?
When painting a room, the ceiling should be painted first, followed by the walls, then the trim (including doors and windows) and finally the baseboards.

When should I apply?
Room and surface temperature should be between 50 and 85 degrees. Paint dries best between 65F and 85F. Allow at least 4 hours of drying time before recoating.

What is the proper rolling technique?
Fully load the roller with paint by dipping the entire cover deep into the tray of paint. Carry as much paint to the surface as possible. Make a letter “V” in a small 2 foot by 2 foot area with a generous roller load of paint. Fill in the “V”, spreading the paint evenly from left to right. Lightly smooth out with downward motions. Repeat “V” with a freshly loaded roller for every 2 x 2 foot area.

Painting Furniture

Painted furniture can be quite charming, but if you aren’t sure how to tackle the project, these tips should help you out.

1. Remove any handles or pulls and put them aside.

2. Put a plastic tarp or some waxed paper under the legs; that way when the paint dries, it won’t stick to your work surface.

3. If the piece has been painted before and you aren’t sure when, you don’t want to sand it down because older paints can contain lead. Use a putty knife and some wood filler to even out any nicks and gouges.

4. Then prime the piece with a de-glossing primer. This will give you a flat surface to work on that paint will adhere to easily.

5. If you want a glossy finish, use an enamel paint; for a softer finish, use latex.

6. Brush the paint on in long, even strokes using either a good brush or a sponge applicator. The sponges work great on edges and trim because they easily conform to the shape you need. Put on two coats of paint for the best coverage.


How do colors effect room size?

Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?

This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?

Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?

Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?

Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?

White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?

As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.

Painting Formica

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up a formica backsplash, try painting it.

1. If your back splash has outlets or switches, turn off the power at the circuit box, remove the plates and then seal the openings with some heavy plastic and some painter’s tape. Plastic freezer bags work great for this!

2. Clean the area with hot water and a t-s-p alternative to remove all the dirt and residue. Use rubber gloves and safety glasses, then rinse well.

3. Use a palm sander to scuff up the surface of the formica with 150-grit sandpaper, then clean away all traces of dust.

4. Carefully tape off all the areas that you don’t want painted. the next step is to brush on a coat of bonding primer. This product will grip the formica and help the paint adhere to the wall.

5. When the primer coat is completely dry, use a roller or small sponge brush to paint on a good quality latex paint. You will probably need a couple of coats.

6. When the paint is dry follow up with two or three coats of non-yellowing polyurethane.


COLOR Frequently asked questions

How do colors effect room size?

Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?

This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?

Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?

Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?

Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?

White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?

As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.

Painting Clean-up

Cleaning up after painting doesn’t have to be a huge job. I have a few ideas to make it quick and easy.

1. Before cleaning a latex paint roller, bend a wire coat hanger in half and run it along the length of the roller. This will squeeze out excess paint so you won’t have as much to clean up. Slip the roller inside a tennis ball can and fill it with soapy water. Put the top on and shake it up to get the soap and water all over and let it sit for a few hours. When you come back you’ll be able to just rinse it clean!

2. If you line your paint pan with a plastic shopping bag before you start, it will act as a liner and you can just turn it inside out to throw it away when you’re finished. No mess.

3. To clean that paint off of your hands, try some vegetable oil. Just rub it in and the paint will come right off. As a bonus, the oil will soften your skin too!

4. If you got some splatters of paint on a window, hold a cloth dipped in warm vinegar over the spot. When the paint has softened a little, scrape it off with a spatula. Try some nail polish remover if the splatters are from oil-based paint.


Handy Person Tips

1. Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easy.
2.To keep white paint from yellowing, add 10 drops of black paint to each quart of white.
3. When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.
4. An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.
5. When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.
6. Before starting to paint with enamel paint, lightly coat your hands and underneath your fingernails with any name brand hand cleaner. After the painting is finished, your hands will be easy to clean.
7. Line your paint tray with aluminum foil. When its time to clean up, just roll up the foil and throw away.
8. To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
9. To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.
10. When painting trim around windows, doorways , etc., try using stiff paper to cover the area you don’t want painted. (An old phone book cover works well.) Slide paper along as you paint. It’s much faster and more economical than using masking tape. Works well with either a roller or brush.
11. When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact color with you and can match accessories in stores.
12. When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more evenly.
13. Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.
14. When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.
15. When painting old woodwork, fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.
16. When painting stairs, paint every other step first. When these are dry, paint the rest.
17. To avoid cleaning paint brushes and rollers if you intend to use the same color later, or if you do not have time to clean immediately, place the brushes and rollers in a plastic bag, tie shut and place in the freezer. They will keep for several days without drying up.
18. Protect hands from paint solvent by putting the brush and solvent into a strong plastic bag. With hands outside the bag, work the solvent into the brush through the plastic.
19. After cleaning your paint brush, a few drops of oil worked into the bristles will leave the brush soft and ready to use.
20. To clean paint rollers, fill an empty one-quart milk carton with solvent, put the roller inside and crimp the ends shut. Give the carton a few shakes, then let sit for a couple of hours.
21. Simmer hardened paint brushes in full-strength vinegar. Re move the softened paint with a wire comb or brush.
22. To remove oil or enamel paint from your hands, rub on paste floor wax and then wash with plenty of soap and warm water. There is no odor and it’s easier on the skin than paint remover.
23. In time, a partly used can of paint will develop a skin on top. To prevent this, cut wax paper the size of the can and drop it in.
24. To save partial cans of leftover paint, fill the airspace with a lightly inflated balloon before pressing on the lid.
25. A coat of penetrating stain applied to a smooth wood surface may last only three or four years, but a second application after the wood has weathered will last as long as 10.
26. To give bathroom fixtures a new look, paint with an epoxy paint, sold especially for that purpose.
27. Never stir varnish. It has no color pigments which need blending and stirring will create air bubbles which can ruin a smooth finish.
28. To frost a bathroom or garage window, make a solution of one cup of beer to four tbsp. Epsom salts and paint on the window. It washes off when you want a clear pane again.
29. If you have a small hole in your wall (after moving pictures etc.) take a wax crayon as near the color of your wall as possible. Rub the hole with the crayon, polish with a dry cloth and the hole is invisible.
30. Clean out old nail polish bottles and fill with ‘touch-up’ paint for scuffs and scratches that may occur on your walls.
31. When hanging pictures on plaster walls, put a small piece of adhesive tape where the nail is to go in. Drive the nail through the tape. This helps prevent the plaster from cracking.
32. When drilling a hole in any kind of wall, take an envelope, crease the edges to hold it open, then fasten it to the wall just under where you are drilling. It keeps a great deal of mess from hitting the floor and makes clean-up easier.
33. After wallpaper or painting, write the amount under a light-switch plate and you’ll always know how much wallpaper or paint you need for that room.
34. To remove old wallpaper, first pull off as much as you can, then soak the remaining with Fleecy. It will peel off easily.
35. Before wallpapering a wall, apply a coat of clear varnish to any grease spots. This will prevent the grease from soaking through the new paper.
36. Instead of applying wallpaper with a sponge, dip a paint roller in the solution, squeeze slightly to prevent dripping and roll it over 20-30 sq. feet at a time.
37. Buy stair carpeting a little longer than needed. When it shows signs of wear it can be shifted downward to delay replacement.
38. To avoid wearing out spots on heavy traffic areas, use extra pieces of material cut out of the same material as the rug or linoleum.
39. If your kitchen cupboards have worn out or if there are scuff marks around the handles, remove handles and glue on tiles to cover the scuffs. Replace handles over the tiles. This adds an interesting color accent and saves replacing or re finishing the doors.
40. When a drain is clogged with grease, pour a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda into the drain, followed by a kettle of boiling water.
41. If your water taps have a tendency to freeze during a cold spell, leave your taps on slightly: Running water will not freeze.
42. Frozen water pipes can safely and easily be thawed out by using an ordinary hair dryer nozzle directed at the frozen pipe.
43. To tighten cane-bottomed chairs, turn them upside down and liberally apply hot water to the underside. Dry the chairs in the sun.
44. When sanding or refinishing, cover your hand with an old nylon stocking. Glide your hand over the surface to be re done. Any rough areas will snag the stocking where more sanding needs to be done.
45. To restore odor to an old cedar chest or closet, sandpaper lightly. This reopens pores in the wood to restore breathing.
46. Spring-type clothespins are useful as clamps to hold light weight glued materials together.
47. To find a wall stud, hold a pocket compass level with the floor and at a right angle to the wall. Slowly move it along the surface of the wall. Movement of the compass will indicate the presence of nails and reveal stud location.
48. You always have a measuring tape in your pocket — a dollar bill is exactly six inches long and just short of three inches wide.
49. Use non-stick vegetable spray to lubricate squeaky hinges and sticky locks.
50. Loosen rusted nuts or bolts with a few drops of ammonia or peroxide.
51. To help remove stubborn nuts and bolts, pour on some cola soft drink.
52. You can retrieve a broken key by putting some strong metal adhesive on the handle and holding it to the part stuck in the lock. Hold it there until the glue has set. When it holds, pull out the key. Don’t use the key again.
53. Four or five mothballs in your toolbox will keep the tools from rusting.
54. A piece of chalk or charcoal in your toolbox will attract moisture and keep your tools from rusting.
55. Save your old nuts, bolts and washers. They make excellent sinkers for your fishing line.
56. Use discarded milk cartons, with the tops cut off, to store items in the workshop. Great for nails, screws etc.
57. If one of your saucepan lids is missing a knob, put a screw through the hole with the point upwards and push a cork down onto it.
58. To store a handsaw safely, cover the teeth with a split length of old garden hose.
59. Stop drawers from sticking by running a candle along the tops.
60. To sharpen scissors, fold a piece of aluminum foil three times, then cut through it several times with your scissors.
61. Electrical cords from kitchen appliances are easy to find when stored in cardboard tubes from disposable towels. Color codes the end of the tube if you have more than one in a drawer.
62. Tuck electric appliance cords and extension cords into toilet tissue tubes, labelling each by length and by which cord fits which appliance.
63. To keep cords of curling irons and blow dryers together in a drawer, use ponytail holders.
64. To remove broken light bulbs with ease, put switch into off position, then push a raw potato into the base and twist the broken bulb out.
65. To get a broken light bulb out of the socket, turn the switch off, then stick a soft bar of soap into the jagged edges of glass and use the soap as a handle to unscrew it easily and safely.
66. If your flashlight batteries are getting weak while on a camping trip and you cannot replace them immediately, set them in the bright sunlight during the day and they will be temporarily rejuvenated.
67. The charcoal in a range hood filter can be recharged by placing it in a 450-degree oven for 30 minutes after cleaning the metal frame.
68. When mailing fragile items, pack the excess space in the box with popped popcorn to insulate the package against damage/breakage.
69. To allow sliding windows or drawers to move easier, use a bar of soap to grease tracks or runners.
70. When a pin or needle won’t penetrate an article, rub pin or needle in your hair and try again.
71. Why climb a ladder? Use binoculars to get a closer look.
72. Your ladder won’t sink into soft earth if you place each leg into an empty coffee can or paint can.
73. A discarded fan belt from the car makes an ideal gutter- cleaning tool. Being flexible, yet firm, this belt is easily formed to shape the bottom of the gutter which enables muck and leaves to be scraped out without scratching the paint inside the gutter.
74. Use old or leftover linoleum to cover seats and tops of picnic tables.
75. Small holes in window screens can be repaired by dabbing the hole with successive layers of clear nail polish.
76. Put an extra house key in a water-tight container or plastic bag and store outside the house in the flower bed, under a rock etc. so you will never be locked out.
77. Use extra-large plastic garbage bags as inexpensive protective covers for folding lawn furniture. This allows furniture to be stored outdoors without damage.
78. Snow will slide off a shovel which has been sprayed with furniture polish or vegetable oil.
79. Rub your snow shovel with parawax or candle wax before using. Even wet snow will slide off without build-up, keeping the shovel light and easy to manoeuvre.
80. Use your fertilizer spreader to scatter sand on icy walkways.
81. To remove dangerous ice off your steps, sprinkle with salt.
82. Kitty litter can be used to de-ice your sidewalks and steps.
83. Fireplace Starters or Lighters: Save the lint from your dryer and paper egg cartons (not Styrofoam). Cut egg cartons into individual cups and fill cups with lint. Melt wax (from old candle stubs) and pour some over the lint. When lighting the fireplace use these, place them under the kindling in the fireplace. They are slow burning and do a great job in lighting the lire.
84. Dried orange and grapefruit peels and rind make good fuel in a fireplace and give off a lovely aroma as they burn.
85. Throw salt on fireplace logs once a month to prevent soot in the fireplace.
86. To prevent your fireplace from smoking, raise the fire grate by placing bricks under the legs.
87. Save your Nabob coffee bags to burn in the fireplace. Roll up tightly and then watch the varicolored flames when the bags are burned.
88. To add a little color to your campfire, soak pinecones in a solution of 1/2 gallon water and ½ pound Borax. When dry, they burn a vivid green.
89. To make your Christmas tree last longer, add sugar to the water.
90. To preserve your Christmas tree longer, add Pine sol to the water.
91. To fireproof the Christmas tree, mix eight oz. boracic acid in one gallon of water. Spray mixture over tree and let dry.
92. To clean automobile chrome, rub with dampened aluminum toil.
93. Add one cup of kerosene to the wash water when washing the car. Wipe well with a soft cloth — no rinsing is necessary. This will prevent rust and water will actually bead on the car during a rainfall.
94. Wash your car with liquid dishwashing detergent. It won’t scratch the surface.
95. Use dry baking soda on a damp cloth to clean the bugs off the car windshield.
96. Windshield wipers smearing? Clean the windshield and wiper blade with rubbing alcohol.
97. Make your own windshield washer fluid by combining one quart rubbing alcohol, one cup water and two Tblsp. liquid detergents.
98. Use steel wool pads on your tire white side walls to keep them new looking.
99. Keep open cans of motor oil clean by sealing them with the plastic lids from one-pound tins of coffee.
100. A sheet of fabric softener under your car seat will keep the car smelling fresh.
101. To clean corrosion from battery posts, make a paste of baking soda and water (paste should be thickness of cream). Brush on posts, leave for 10 minutes and brush off with water. Wipe dry with a rag. This leaves the posts and battery clean.
102. Before leaving on holidays or a weekend trip in the summer, spray the front of your car with cooking oil (such as Pam). This will keep the bugs from sticking to the grill. Those that do will wash off with ease.
103. Place moth balls in car trunk and interior if you’re going to park your vehicle for several months. Mice will not take up occupancy.
104. Run your car air-conditioner five minutes weekly during the winter months to keep it in good condition.
105. Prevent car doors from freezing by wiping the rubber gaskets with vegetable oil to seal out water.
106. If your car door locks freeze, use your hairdryer to thaw them out.
107. If door locks are frozen and a hairdryer is not available, heat the key with a lighter or match.
108. To avoid having your car extension cord stolen, buy a somewhat longer cord, plug it in and, with the extra length, loop it and put it inside the door and close it. An alternative is to drive the front wheel over the cord.
109. Your car block heater may be plugged in but the current may not be getting through. To make certain it is, wire in an inexpensive circuit test into the receptacle end of the heater cord. When you see the glow, you know the current is getting through.
110. Be prepared for winter driving by purchasing a strip of expanded metal about eight inches wide and 24 inches long. (This is a diamond-patterned screen that can be purchased at most tin smith shops.) When placed under the wheels of your vehicle, it can get you out of most spots.
111. If your car is stuck in snow, your floor mats or an old carpet, stored in the trunk, can be placed under the rear wheels for traction.
112. Save old milk cartons and fill with sand to carry in your car in case you get stuck in the snow.
113. Fill old milk cartons with old melted candles and/or parawax, insert a wick and keep in the trunk of your car in case of winter emergency.
114. When travelling in the winter is prepared. Carry in your trunk a couple of plastic pails of dry sand, one small shovel, sleeping bags, a well-charged flashlight, outdoor extension cord and a couple of pairs of heavy wool socks (you can always use socks on your hands but it is difficult to put gloves on your feet). Always make certain that your gas tank is above the half-full mark.
115. Preserve your garage floor, particularly in the winter, by placing carpet remnants on the area where the tires come in contact with the floor.
116. To remove grease and oil stains from concrete, first scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a putty knife. Wet down the stains and sprinkle on TSP crystals (Trisodium Phosphate Crystals which can be purchased from most hardware stores). As the crystals dissolve, use a bristle brush and work on the stain for 15-20 minutes. Add a little more TSP and brush the spot vigorously. Mop up stain with clean water.
117. Here are ways to remove oil stains on your driveway. For fresh stains, sprinkle kitty lifter, grind in with your foot, let it absorb the oil, then sweep up. For older stains, use Spray N Wash, let stand approximately five minutes, and then sprinkle on laundry detergent, scrub with stiff broom, then hose down. For really tough stains, use oven spray, let set and rinse with clear water.

How to Detect Mold in your Home

How to Detect Mold in your Home
Mold can cause some serious problems when it takes up residence in your home. When mold is found in a home, it should be handled with extreme concern and caution. Mold can be essentially found in any environment or season, so its smart to be on the lookout, especially if you have had any leaky pipes or water damage. Because mold grows on organic material, it can do a lot of damage to your home. Most types of mold are allergenic and some are even toxic, meaning exposure to most molds can have adverse effects on your health. The majority of indoor mold growth is potentially harmful and a should be removed as soon as possible. It’s important to be aware of the presence of mold on walls or in your home. Below are a few ways to detect mold growth inside your house.
Be Aware of Leaks or Moist Ar
Mold grows quickly and spreads even quicker. All molds thrive in damp or humid areas, and commonly these are spots like within walls or under sinks where mold can easily stay hidden. Because of this, mold infestations can take off and get out of hand before you know it. Most of the time the only way to detect a hidden mold problem is by actively looking for it, or from the presence of stale air and allergy like symptoms.
Watch for Water Damage
Many homeowners don’t notice roof leaks or water entering around windows before the damage is already done. Check your home during and after heavy storms to find any spots that water may be entering form damage or weathered materials. Water damage will inevitably lead to mold damage if left unchecked. This goes for basements and attics big time.
Be Aware of Odd Smells
If you start to smell musty odors, you should search for mold. Smelling the mold means that it is reproducing by releasing spores, and inhaling these spores could be harmful. Remember that mold grows where water is present, so the best places to look are usually around leaky A/C units or behind refrigerators. If you find mold, it’s important not to handle it directly. Some molds can be toxic and cause skin irritation if you come into contact so emphasize safety.
Get a Certified Mold Inspection
If you are weary about the presence of mold in your home, you can call certified mold remediation specialists like Steamy Concepts for a free visual mold inspection. We have a 24/7 emergency response, and we are happy to answer any questions you have about the mold remediation process. We are skilled and trained to find even the most hidden mold, like within walls or under tile. After all is said and done, the road to prevention is awareness. Be on the lookout for any signs of mold in your home and call us at the first sign to stop mold in its tracks.

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Why Is Mold Dangerous?

Toxic Black Mold Growing On The Wall
Why Is Mold Dangerous?
You may have thought that your itchy eyes, coughing, or sneezing was just seasonal allergies or a slight cold, but what if the truth was that you could be reacting to the presence of mold. Many people have concerns about finding mold or fungus in their home. It’s scary to think that there could be something living in your house and on your walls that might be affecting your health and probably damaging your home as well. Mold in your home can pose a number of serious health problems that you may not realize. Since mold can be found in virtually any environment, everyone is potentially at risk for toxic mold exposure, regardless of where you live.
The presence of mold is a serious concern; keep reading to find out why.
Indoor Mold Causes Illness and Health Problems
Indoor mold might be unsightly and smelly, but it will also affect the air quality in your home. Molds reproduce by forming tiny spores that are too small to see with the naked eye. Spores travel through the air and land on surfaces searching for water to grow. Mold spores can survive under most conditions; even conditions that mold wouldn’t survive in.
One toxic type that is generally referred to is black mold, which describes “Stachybotrys Chartarum”. There are many types of mold that appear to be black, though. It goes without saying that living with mold can be dangerous, and if you have reason to suspect that you need a mold removal specialist you definitely shouldn’t chance it. Large quantities of any mold are a major health concern, not to mention the damage it could do to organic building materials like wood throughout your house.
Mold is found in Carpet
Just because mold is not immediately apparent or visible on a carpet’s surface does not mean that mold growth is not in progress. If you suspect you may have mold in your carpet, you’re going to want to kill it right away. Wall-to-wall carpeting, as well as area rugs, can provide an ample breeding ground for mold if conditions are right. So what do you do if you happen to find some mold spots? The first thing you need to do if there’s mold in carpet or mold in your home is identify exactly where it is and how deep it goes. Any amount of mold in carpet usually means that the carpet needs to be disposed of. That means prevention is the best combatant for carpet mold.
Preventing Mold Growth in Carpet
Mold always grows in certain conditions that include either humidity or a steady source of moisture. It goes without saying that after any sort of flooding your carpet is likely going to be ruined. Containing any amount of water that makes it into your home and drying any wet areas quickly will do a lot in the prevention of moldy carpet. Any carpet exposed to standing water has problems if not dried and cleaned immediately. Especially if the pad underneath the carpet gets soaked, there will definitely be a good chance for the appearance of mold.
You can always use a dehumidifier in humid areas to help control the moisture in the air. If mold spores don’t have humidity they cannot grow. This applies to when you get your carpets cleaned as well. You don’t want your carpet to be wet for long periods of time, so after a good carpet cleaning routine, the drying process should be important.

Removing Mold PPE
How to Detect Mold in your Home
Mold can cause some serious problems when it takes up residence in your home. When mold is found in a home, it should be handled with extreme concern and caution. Mold can essentially be found in any environment or season, so it’s smart to be on the lookout, especially if you have had any leaky pipes or water damage. Because mold grows on organic material, it can do a lot of damage to your home. Most types of mold are allergenic and some are even toxic, meaning exposure to most molds can have adverse effects on your health. The majority of indoor mold growth is potentially harmful and a should be removed as soon as possible. It’s important to be aware of the presence of mold on walls or in your home. Below are a few ways to detect mold growth inside your house.
• Be Aware of Leaks or Moist Area – Mold grows quickly and spreads even quicker. All molds thrive in damp or humid areas, and commonly these are spots like within walls or under sinks where mold can easily stay hidden. Because of this, mold infestations can take off and get out of hand before you know it. Most of the time the only way to detect a hidden mold problem is by actively looking for it, or from the presence of stale air and allergy like symptoms.
• Watch for Water Damage – Many homeowners don’t notice roof leaks or water entering around windows before the damage is already done. Check your home during and after heavy storms to find any spots that water may be entering form damage or weathered materials. Water damage will inevitably lead to mold damage if left unchecked. This goes for basements and attics big time.
• Be Aware of Odd Smells – If you start to smell musty odors, you should search for mold. Smelling the mold means that it is reproducing by releasing spores, and inhaling these spores could be harmful. Remember that mold grows where water is present, so the best places to look are usually around leaky A/C units or behind refrigerators. If you find mold, it’s important not to handle it directly. Some molds can be toxic and cause skin irritation if you come into contact so emphasize safety.
• Get a Certified Mold Inspection – If you are weary about the presence of mold in your home, you can call certified mold remediation specialists for a free visual mold inspection. Most companies we are happy to answer any questions you have about the mold remediation process. They are skilled and trained to find even the most hidden mold, like within walls or under tile. After all is said and done, the road to prevention is awareness. Be on the lookout for any signs of mold in your home and call a professional at the first sign to stop mold in its tracks.

Mold In Corner By Moisture
Different Types of Mold
So you think you might have just spotted mold on the walls, and now you’re wondering exactly what kind of mold it is or if it’s toxic. Mold is actually a very common problem because mold spores are literally found almost everywhere. That means that usually any source of water in your home, like a leaky pipe, could give mold exactly what it needs to grow. Many different types of mold can be found in homes, and although they all might look different, every type of mold will usually cause an unpleasant musty smell. No matter what, it is extremely crucial to rid your home of mold as soon as you suspect that it may be growing. Keep reading to find out about common types of mold commonly found in homes.
1. Alternaria – Alternaria is usually found in your bathroom where dampness occurs like in showers or below sinks, but it is also found as a result of water damage in homes. It is the most common form of allergenic mold in the world and usually causes asthma like symptoms. This type of mold is known to spread quickly because it can grow in spaces with minimal water.
2. Aspergillus – This type of mold is usually found in American homes and can be almost any color. It is highly allergenic and under the right conditions will even release toxins. Common symptoms around Aspergillus are asthma attacks, lung infections, and respiratory inflammation. This type of mold is capable of producing aflatoxins, which is known to be a deadly carcinogen.
3. Cladosporium – This is a unique mold that can grow in both warm and cold temperatures. It’s frequently found in areas like insulation, carpet, wallpaper, upholstery, mattresses, couch cushions, etc. It usually appears brown or green with suede-like texture. This mold can cause health problems relating to skin and respiratory issues. While not considered toxic, Cladosporium is still very allergenic and should not be handled directly.
4. Penicillin – Penicillin is one of the more easily recognizable forms of mold, as it appears blue or green with a velvety texture. This mold is found in materials like carpets and on walls. It is known for its antibiotic properties, but when found inside your home it can cause serious respiratory problems. Penicillin spores are frequently found in the air in damp and moist areas and are known to cause chronic sinus infections and inflammation of the lungs.
5. Stachybotrys – Probably the most commonly known type of toxic mold, Stachybotrys is usually referred to as “Black Mold”. This mold is both toxigenic and allergenic and usually appears to be slimy and dark green or black in color. This mold will thrive in damp areas with high humidity and grows best on materials like wood, cardboard, paper, hay, or wicker. Because of its production of mycotoxins, black mold has been known to cause chronic sinus infections, asthma attacks, allergy symptoms, depression, and fatigue. The affects this mold has on children can be extreme, so any sign of mold should be handled ASAP.

Removing Mold
How to Remove Mold
Mold is an annoying issue. Every day that mold is given time to grow and spread just adds to the difficulty of removing it. Once it finds an area it likes, like humid basements or bathrooms with moisture, it will start to multiply quickly. Since molds decompose organic materials, this poses a big threat to the condition of your home. Don’t hesitate. If you think you have a mold problem be proactive to remove it as quickly as possible.
1. Killing Mold with Bleach – You’ve probably been told to reach for the bleach upon the first sight of mold, but is this the best way to kill mold? Although bleach has been used to kill mold for ages, it doesn’t work very well on most types of mold that you find on porous materials. This is because chlorine bleach does not penetrate the surface of porous materials, whereas that is exactly where the mold grows its roots. The ironic part about using bleach is that while the mold killing properties sit on the surface of the mold, the water properties contained within the bleach are absorbed into the roots, giving the mold more moisture to feed on. Since the roots of the mold are left behind after using bleach, the mold will almost always return.
2. Killing Mold with Vinegar – The use of vinegar to kill mold is inexpensive and a good green option to use on very small amounts of mold in your home. Vinegar is mildly acidic, making it much safer to use than chlorine bleach. It has been known to kill mold when evenly sprayed or poured onto moldy areas. It won’t work 100% every time, but it is a good option for very small mold remediation projects.
3. Killing Mold with Baking Soda – Baking soda is a very common household cleaner that is usually used because of its lack of chemicals and mild basic properties. It might take a little elbow grease, but it’s been known to kill mold and remove odors from your home with ease. For the best chance at success, it’s a good idea to use vinegar along with baking soda so you can hit it on both fronts.

BIO: Sean Raley is an author for multiple good carpet cleaning and Arizona plumbing websites. He has a passion for living healthy and striving to be the best version of himself. On the weekends you can find him hitting the hiking trails in southern Arizona, or maybe even some of his favorite national parks!
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes…you’re Doing Something.” -Neil Gaiman

Painter’s Toolbox

You want to paint a room. You know you need paint and brushes and rollers, but what else will help your project? I have the perfect painter’s toolbox!

1. Get a drop cloth for the floor and some paper edging or painter’s masking tape to protect your woodwork. These special types of tape don’t stick as much as the regular versions, so you won’t damage the areas you’re taping.

2. Although you can use a trim brush to cut in around corners and woodwork, there are some great tools that will make the job easier. A wheeled edger will rest on the ceiling or woodwork and make a perfect line every time. To get into those tight corners, try a pointed roller.

3. Good lighting is important for a great paint job. Keep a clamp-on light with you’re painting tools. This will ensure that you see well while you’re working.

4. You should also wear a mask to protect yourself from the fumes. There are lots of choices on the market from simple white masks to a full respirator.

5. Some aluminum foil will line your paint pan and make cleanup easier.

6. A paper plate under the can will catch drips, and a string across the top of the can tied to the handles is a great place to dab off your brush, the excess will drip back in the can.


Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.

Paint Types

Because there are so many different kinds of paint, it can be really confusing when you want to start a project. Here is a quick guide that should help you out:

1. For bathrooms and kitchens you should use a glossy finish paint. Stains will wash off easily with water, and the walls will reflect light which will make the room seem brighter.

2. A flat or satin paint will absorb light for a cozy look. Just make sure that you check the paint can before you buy, some of these paints can’t be washed which could be a real problem if pets or children will be near the walls.

3. Pay attention to whether you’re picking up interior or exterior paints. Each is manufactured to withstand certain environments, so use it where it belongs.

4. If it’s furniture you’re looking to paint, you should go with a latex enamel. It is a tough, shiny finish that will stand up to constant wear!


COLOR Frequently asked questions

How do colors effect room size?

Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?

This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?

Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?

Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?

Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?

White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?

As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.