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Home maintenance tips

For most people, owning a house or an apartment is probably one of the biggest investments in life. Hence, maintaining your home is almost as important as buying it. After all, you want to come home to a clean, comfortable environment where everything works. So here are some useful tips you can try before you start dialling for your neighbourhood handyman. 


Paint


You should inspect and maintain the paint on your walls annually, checking for weathered areas, chalking, cracks, loose paint, nail stains, dirt, or mould. While you may have to call in a professional for the repair of cracks and loose paint, simpler problems like dirt, stains and mould can be removed with some spray bleach and cleaning detergent. For regular maintenance, dissolve some baking soda in warm water, and wipe your walls with a rag and mop. Baking soda is mildly abrasive and removes easy stains effortlessly.

Crayons are a great invention, but not on your walls. If you have kids at home, you should check your walls regularly for crayon marks and remove them instantly with some WD-40.


Plumbing


A leaking tap is not only annoying it is also a terrible waste of water. Most leaking taps require only a change of washer and it will save you some money if you know how to repair it yourself. Firstly, turn off the water supply and open up the tap handle to expose the stem of the tap. Using a spanner, unscrew the nut holding the stem in place, and then unscrew the spindle to pull out the stem. Use a screwdriver to prise the washer out of the bottom of the stem and bring it to your hardware store to buy a replacement. Replace the washer, reassemble the tap, and voila! You’ve saved yourself some money on plumbing and water bills!



Marble Floors


The easiest and least expensive way to maintain a marble floor is through daily housekeeping. Try to keep dirt, water, and salt away from your marble flooring as best as you can, as salt dissolves and pits marble. For regularly cleaning of superficial dirt, mop regularly using a minimum amount of plain warm water and a cotton string mop. Frequent mopping will help prevent soil from penetrating the surface. Try your best to remove spills quickly, especially oil and grease, to minimise their absorption into the stone.


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