Home Maintenance Tips

Posted on July 5, 2013 in Home Improvement

home maintenance tipsWe know you want to keep your home in the best shape possible. That’s why the experts at P.J. Fitzpatrick have put together some great home maintenance tips for your kitchen, family room, and garage.


Clean your stove: Whether you have a gas stove or an electric stove, make sure you keep your burners clean. Dirty burners can absorb the stove’s heat and make it less efficient.

Fix up your counter tops: If your counter tops have scratches, nicks, or stains, fix them up and get them looking like new again. Fill in granite nicks with epoxy resin, buff out tile scratches with toothpaste and a clean cloth, and remove coffee or tea stains from laminate with vinegar.

Update your cabinets: You don’t need to replace your entire cabinet framework – simply change out the doors and add some new hardware. They’ll look as good as new.

Freshen up your garbage disposal: Place a handful of ice cubes down your disposal and add the peels of citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges. Run the disposal with cold water and continue to rinse.

Family Room

Fix carpet problems: reattach pulled out carpeting by replacing the threshold, patch a hole by cutting out the area and replacing it with a new plug, and replace wet padding with dry padding if your carpet has been soaked.

Polish your furniture: If you have wooden furniture like coffee tables or end tables, make a DIY polish with mineral oil and lemon extract, grated beeswax and turpentine, or olive oil and white vinegar. You’ll not only nourish the wood, you’ll clean it, too.

Protect your curtains: Dark-colored curtains can fade in the sunlight, so use lined window treatments, shades, or blinds to protect them. Or – go for light-colored curtains that reflect the sun. And just remember – if you’re in need of window repairs, call us. Windows that let warm air in or out can increase your energy bills.

Keep your fireplace clean: If you have a wood-burning fireplace, check it regularly for creosote (dark or black substance) and soot (dark, soft, powdery substance) buildup. Both are flammable and can be fire hazards if they build up.


Keep your door running smoothly: If you have a garage door with metal rollers, hinges, and tracks, make sure you clean out any dust and dirt and then oil it on an annual basis.

Check for pests: Insects love dark, damp places, so regularly check your corners, behind shelves, and where the walls meet the foundation. If you find termites or carpenter ants, call a pest control service immediately, as they can cause major damage to your garage.

Clean the garage floor: Road salt and fluids that leak from your car can cause stains and pockmarks (not to mention, they can be slippery). Hose down the garage floor on a regular basis to prevent these things.

Don’t forget – if you have a part of your home that needs repaired, call us. We’d be happy to help.

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