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Tips to Protect your Outdoor Furniture

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Getting ready for the arrival of summer? One thing that you should do is to prep up with some outdoor furniture in the patio, garden, pool area, or any other space where you can enjoy the warm weather. Whether it is outdoor dining tables, benches, lounges, storage, and chairs, among others, you can make the outdoors look better. However, aside from the right choice of the furniture to have at home, emphasis should also be given on how to take care of it, making sure that it will remain functional and attractive even for an extended period of time.


Before we discuss some of the things that can be done to protect your outdoor furniture, it is important to first know some of the most common problems that will require your attention. The following are some of many homeowners’ most common complaints about household furniture:

  • Mold and Mildew Formation
  • Scratches
  • Water Rings
  • Rust and Stains
  • Heat Damage

Proper Storage

More often than not, outdoor furniture will only be put into use during the summer season, where the sun is inviting people to spend more time on the patio or garden. During the winter or rainy season, on the other hand, they should be stored properly. With proper storage, it is possible to have it protected against damage. Before you store your outdoor furniture, the first thing that you have to do is to clean it up. Using protective coating, such as a coat of car or paste wax, will also be helpful. It will also be good if you can invest in furniture cover to provide it with protection against dust.

Read Specific Instructions

This is one of the most important things to do, but unfortunately, there are many people who fail to do so. The instruction manual from the manufacturer should be always read. One furniture can be different from the other, which means that they are also being protected in different ways. For instance, the specific material will have an impact on how it is cleaned. There are some cleaning materials and techniques that will not prove to be as effective when it is used in glass furniture as against when it is sued with wicker.

Consider the Material

As it has been mentioned above, protecting your outdoor furniture from damage will depend on the specific material from where it is made of. With such, the following are some of the most common materials for outdoor furniture and how to take care of them.

  • Wicker: Make sure to have it vacuumed regularly with a soft bristle brush. It will also be good if you can cover it up as being more exposed outdoors when it is too cold can cause it to be stiff. If the paint chips off through time, make sure to have it covered up the soonest possible time, even before the problem gets worse. If you have outdoor chairs made of wicker, adding a padded cushion seat will help to extend its lifespan.
  • Wood: It is important to always inspect outdoor wooden furniture. Look for possible cracks and when there are many, have it sealed the soonest possible time. By doing this early, you are doing something to prevent further damage due to penetration of water. More so, even if there is stubborn dirt, never use pressure washer as this can damage the quality of the wood. Rubbing the surface with wood oil after cleaning will also be helpful to be provided with added layer of protection.
  • Plastic: Acetic acid is one of the best cleaning materials that can be used for plastic furniture. This can be done by mixing one cup of white vinegar with five liters of water. This will provide you with a cleaning solution that is tough on dirt but gentle on plastic. Your plastic furniture should not be exposed to too much heat as this can make it deformed in the long run.
  • Glass: While this may not be the most common material for outdoor furniture, it is still being used, such as in the case of table tops. When cleaning glass, make sure to use a dry, soft cloth and have it dried with a lint-free cloth. If the cloth is rough, this can cause scratches on the surfaces and will affect the appeal of the glass. Wipe the surface as often as possible as it can easily attract fingermarks and dust.

Outdoor furniture can prove to be an expensive investment. Because of this, make sure to pay attention to the things that have been mentioned above for its highest level of protection. By keeping these things in mind, it will be possible for the outdoor furniture to withstand the test of time, and more importantly, will be able to preserve its best possible look. At the end of the day, it is not that hard to offer care that is necessary for outdoor furniture.

Stop Spending for Car Repair: Do It On Your Own

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Owning a car can be a dream come true for most people. For many, however, it is also considered as a liability and additional expense. From regular maintenance to emergency repairs, car owners would often find themselves spending more than what they intend to. Some people do not have even basic knowledge when it comes to car repair, which is why they end up going to a local mechanic once a problem arise, even if it is something that they can realistically handle on their own. While it is indeed important to seek help from a professional with extensive knowledge and skills, in some instances, it will be better if you can view car repair as a DIY task as it can allow you to save money in the long run.


Repair Jobs You Can Do

The following are some of the most common problems that you can deal with on your own:

  • Replacement of a broken or worn drive belt
  • Replacement of battery and alternator
  • Replacement of Brake Pads
  •  Repairing of Coolant
  •  Replacement of Fuel Filter
  • Replacement of Wires and Spark Plugs
  • Oil Change

Overcoming Fear Factor

If there is one thing that makes people instantly shun from the idea of repairing their car on their own, it would be fear. Because a car is an expensive investment, they are afraid to have common problems handled on their own even if solving them can prove to be a piece of cake. They are afraid in handling even the basic tools, feeling worried that they will just make the problem worse rather than having it resolved. To help you out, you should know one fact – it is hard to screw up your own car. If there are any damages, it will only be minimal. Because cars are resilient, even if you are technically-challenged, you can still do the repair on your own. At the end of the day, the most important thing is for you to be confident that you can do it!

To be able to overcome fear from repairing your own car, you can always ask for help. A friend, a neighbor, or a colleague from work who happens to be a car enthusiast might be able to extend a helping hand. Also, technology has made it easier for you to repair your own cars. Just go online and look for video tutorials and guides that will provide you with the guidance that is needed to complete basic tasks. They contain easy-to-follow instructions that will make repair jobs a piece of cake on your end. Even with the use of your mobile phone, you can easily access different websites that can be of help.

Prioritize Safety

When attempting to complete basic car repairs on your own, it is critical to put an emphasis on your safety. In fact, a lot of people are hesitant to repair their cars because of being worried about their safety. Before anything else, make sure that the car engine is turned off and it is cool to the touch. Many of the components of the engine are hidden from sight, which makes it important to look further. Make sure as well to work in a private space, such as a garage and not on the street outside the house. When putting back the screws, make sure that they are tightened. Follow only the specific steps that are mentioned in the guide you are following and use only the tools that are prescribed. If there still seems to be a problem after you have completed the repair on your own, ask for help.

When DIY Does Not Suffice

Nonetheless, while DIY is an option when it comes to car repair, there are also some instances wherein you just need to give in to the fact that you do not have the tools required and the knowledge that is necessary. If you know that you do not have the required materials and if the job is too complicated, this is an indication that you should seek for professional help. In these instances, it will not hurt to spend money just to be sure of being provided with a comprehensive solution from an expert in car repair.

In sum, before you even head out to the mechanic, it is important to first determine the extent of the problem. The internet is going to be your best friend. If the job is just small, you do not have to bother having your car checked by a professional. All you need is to perform a thorough research to know what can be done to repair your car. At the end of the day, this can be beneficial in ways more than one, especially with regards to providing you with huge financial savings.

Healthiest Ingredients to Add Next Time You Cook

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For sure, many of you love cooking, which is perhaps the reason why exactly you are reading this blog. If you love cooking as much as I do, continue reading and I will provide you with some valuable knowledge that will change the way you prepare food. In today’s time, it is not enough that you have a delicious and filling meal. It is also important to make sure that the food you cook is healthy. In an era that is defined by fast-food culture, it would be nice if once in a while, you can cook your own food and be sure that it only uses healthy ingredients.


Before I discuss some of the healthiest ingredients you can add when you cook, below are some that you should try to avoid as much as possible:

·         Monosodium Glutamate: Anyone who is into healthy cooking would know that the use of MSG is one thing that must be avoided at all costs. Often used as a flavor enhancer, people with sensitivity to this ingredient can experience dizziness, nausea, irregular heartbeat, and shortness of breath, among others.

·         Artificial Coloring: When food lacks color, many people tend to associate it with being tasteless, which is why many resort into the use of artificial coloring to give life to their dish. However, there were reports that the use of such can cause cancer and allergies, among other health problems.

·         Artificial Sweeteners: As they say, sugar is the number one enemy, specifically for people who are under a strict diet. When you cook, if you need to add a hint of sweetness, better resort into naturally-sweet ingredients, such as honey, rather than artificial sweeteners.

Rolled Oats

With a little innovativeness and creativity in the kitchen, you can find a bunch of healthier alternatives to ingredients that are traditionally used. One of the perfect examples of such is in the case of rolled oats, which can be used as an excellent alternative for bread crumbs. It is especially good for children. The next time you need to coat chicken or pork in crumbs, consider using rolled oats.

Smoked Paprika

Craving for the flavor of bacon in your food? A healthy alternative would be smoked paprika. While it has a smoky taste that is comparable to bacon, it is healthy because it does not contain a high amount of calories and fat. Paprika can be beneficial because it has high Vitamin A, Vitamin E, iron, and carotenoids.


If you are looking for an alternative to butter used as a spread, avocado will be a healthy choice. More than such, it can be used in a variety of ways, such as for your salad or dips. Avocado oil is also a good choice compared to other types of oil. When making burgers and sandwiches, adding avocado will provide it with a more distinct flavor. Some of the nutrients that can be found in an avocado include Vitamins K, C, B5, B6, and E. It also has folate, potassium, healthy fats, and fiber.

Whole Wheat Pasta

If you like cooking Italian food, you most probably have a stock of pasta at home. However, not all pastas are created the same, especially in terms of how healthy they are. If you want a healthier alternative, opt for whole wheat pasta instead. It is an excellent source of carbohydrates, which will supply the body with the energy that it needs.

Olive Oil

This is another staple in a healthy kitchen. With a variety of applications and being fully-packed with nutritious components, this is one that you should use when oil is needed. It has a very distinct flavor that can make any dish taste better. It has a natural antioxidant known as polyphenolin, among other healthy compounds.


For more flavorful cooking with the use of additives that are filled with toxic chemicals, cinnamon should be present in the kitchen. You can use it as a garnish for your spring rolls or as a spice for whatever food you will cook. Among others, cinnamon is healthy because it increases the ability of the cells in the body to metabolize sugar. It also helps to lower the level of bad cholesterol in the body.

Plain Low-Fat Yogurt

For recipes that would require the use of mayonnaise, cream, or sour cream, consider plain low fat yogurt as an alternative in order to significantly reduce calories and fat. You can use it as a marinade for chicken, dressing for salad, dip for vegetable sticks, or toppings for baked potatoes. You can also cook stroganoffs and stews with the use of yogurt. For chilled soups, yogurt can also be used to make it thicker, and hence, improving its texture. Yogurt is loaded with good bacteria needed by the body, making it an important healthy ingredient in the kitchen.

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