Home Help: Caring for wood
You nurture, protect and care for the things you love. And, your furniture should be no exception. But in a recent survey conducted by TheNest.com, nine out of 10 women say they have either a basic or no understanding of how to care for their furniture.
Here are some tips on how to care for your wood furniture:
* Dust. Use a non-scratch cloth to lightly remove dust once a week. Always wipe the cloth in the same direction of the wood grain.
* Clean. Use a for-wood-only cleanser once a month. If it's a frequently used piece that tends to attract spills, such as a kitchen table, clean weekly. Spray the cleanser onto a cotton cloth to help prevent spotting. Wipe in the direction of the wood grain.
* Polish. Enhance and maintain wood's natural luster by polishing it twice a month. Use a no-wax, no-silicone product to restore natural radiance, free from greasy film and fingerprints.
* Repair damage. Always keep touch-up products handy to cover up scratches and minor blemishes.
* Moisturize. Oiled wood furniture needs to be moisturized weekly to protect from water stains, replenish lost oils and prevent cracking and fading from sun damage.
-- Family Features
Decorating Tip: Hottest colors
Time to liven up the hearth with new hues. Blue is one of the most soothing shades, so if you tend to get stressed in the kitchen, blue might be the perfect choice to center your cooking skills again. Known as the color to stimulate appetite, red remains one of the top shades for the kitchen. While brown has been the favorite go-to shade during the past few years, its fellow neutral, gray, is starting to take center stage.
-- Scripps Howard News Service/ HGTV
Home-Selling Tip: Consider an auction
Has your home been on the market too long? Not getting any offers? You may want to consider a real estate auction, which is not just for distressed or foreclosed homes. According to FrontDoor.com, multi-million dollar homes, waterfront properties and historic homes have all done well at auction. An auction house can help find buyers, market the house and help sell your house quickly. Upcoming auctions can also be listed on the National Association of Realtor's multiple listing service.
Did You Know …
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun forecasts 4.6 to 4.7 million existing-home sales in 2012, up strongly from 4.26 million last year.
Going Green: Kids petition Crayola
A petition on Change.org that was started by kindergarten through fifth-graders in San Rafael, Calif., calls for Crayola executives to give consumers a convenient way to recycle the millions of markers it produces every year. The petition has gathered 59,000 signatures and was created after the kids learned of the environmental impact of discarded plastic. The campaign is called Crayola: Make Your Mark!
Garden Guide: New basil option
Siam Queen is a recent introduction to the basil family and is a must for those who enjoy Thai cooking. The fragrant, licorice-scented leaves can be harvested over a four-month period. Newly emerging leaves tend to be a bright red, providing a nice contrast to the older, green leaves.
GateHouse News Service