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House­hold Help & Clean­ing Tips

Good Housekeeping (Philippines) - - GH January-february 2016 -

avoid get­ting scratches on my new wood floors?

You can keep your hard­wood floors pris­tine by prac­tic­ing the no-shoe pol­icy. The heels of your shoes can scratch the floor, es­pe­cially stiletto heels. Go bare­foot or use so slip­pers when walk­ing around. Other tips to keep in mind: Never drag ta­bles, chairs, or any­thing heavy around the floor. Li fur­ni­ture when mov­ing them. Ad­di­tion­ally, you may also put felt con­tacts on the feet of ta­bles and chairs as ex­tra pro­tec­tion. Vac­uum or sweep the floor reg­u­larly. The abra­sive tex­ture of dirt can scratch and dull the floor. If us­ing a vac­uum, make sure the brush at­tach­ment is a floor at­tach­ment as it is de­signed to li off dirt from the floor with­out scratch­ing the sur­face. And if you’re us­ing a broom, choose a so -bris­tle broom. —Marivic Aram­bulo

QHOW OF­TEN SHOULD I CHANGE BED LINENS?

I think ev­ery­one loves the smell and feel of crisp and freshly laun­dered bed linens, the way we feel when we stay in a ho­tel where linens are changed ev­ery day. I feel that it is also con­ducive to good qual­ity sleep.

A good rule of thumb for me when it comes to chang­ing bed linens is twice a month or ev­ery 15th and 30th so I don’t forget. It’s not too fre­quent nor too sel­dom.

How­ever, it also de­pends on your life­style or per­son­al­ity. If you sweat heav­ily, wear your day clothes in bed, shower in the morn­ing in­stead of the evening, or if you have dogs, then you may choose to change the linens weekly.

Oth­er­wise, twice a month is suf­fi­cient. Toofre­quent changes, when un­nec­es­sary, are not only a waste of time, ef­fort, and wa­ter, but also re­duce the longevity of your bed linens. —Marivic Aram­bulo

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