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Laminate to Granite with Paint

by Deborah Chene on 01/25/11

In Southeast Michigan there can be no doubt that Granite is the countertop of choice.  Not everyone preparing a home for sale can invest in granite.  A great alternative is to paint the laminate with Giani Granite paint.  It comes in kits and is great for a do it yourself project.  I would recommend this for bathrooms and powder rooms.  Make sure the laminate is in good shape to begin with.  I first heard about the paint from  Teknicolors Paints in Farmington Hills, but you can go to the Giani web site for stores in your area.

Granite is the top choice, but this is a great alternative when your budget won't allow countertop replacement.


Practical Cleaning Tips Reduce Stress with Green Edge

by Deborah Chene on 01/12/11

Clean is always ranked in the top Home Staging Tips.  Here are some practical tips to make it easier to be Q-Tip clean and better for our  planet. 

  1. Club Soda:  Cleans windows, steel appliances, chrome fixtures, glass stove tops, smudges on walls, spots on light leather upholstery & fabric stains, cleans rust.
  2. Vodka:  If club soda doesn't work, try vodka especially for pen marks.  Cleans glass, spray on shower walls, curtains and tubs kills mold and mildew (let stand for 10 minutes to ease scrubbing.)  Remove price stickers and spray clothing and furniture to eliminate smoke odors.  Good for more than happy hours.
  3. Vinegar:  Great for windows and leave in bowls to absorb odors.  Don't have the vinegar out for showings.  You don't want the house to smell of vinegar for prospects.
  4. Toothpaste:  Remove stubborn marks from hard surfaces.
  5. Borax:  The 20 Mule Team is great for kitchen sounters, your fridge, pots & pans, bathroom sinks, & tubs.  Use with eco friendly detergents for a stain removal boost. 
  6. Paste of baking soda and water:  Great to clean grout on floors, removes rust stains, pots and pans.
  7. Microfiber towels:  You can packs of them at Costco and Sams.  Clean shiny surfaces, glass, removes finger prints and reduce paper towel use.

Always do a spot test in non-visible areas if possible when using on carpets and fabrics.

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