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Learning to Garden: It is Easier Than You Think

I used to pull into my driveway after work every day and wish I had beautiful flowers growing in my yard, like many of my neighbors. My parents didn't garden when I was a child, and I thought it was a talent that just didn't run in my family. I decided "what the heck?" one day and started researching gardening tips. I learned how to plant the right flowers in the right places, so they get just enough sunlight. I also learned a lot along my gardening journey, and I now have a beautiful yard filled with flowers that I planted myself! I decided that I wanted to create a blog that helps everyone realize that they can have the yard of their dreams. I hope you learn a lot here that helps you finally have a yard that you love!


How To Clean Dirt And Fingerprints From Eggshell Paint

Eggshell paint is the perfect compromise between satin and flat paints. It has the same look as the surface of an egg's shell, hence the name. Eggshell paint is less fragile than flat paint, since you can clean it without wearing away the finish. The key is to clean gently with common household ingredients. Once you remove any stains, regular cleaning keeps your walls looking great for years to come.

Dust and Dry Debris

Dust and dry debris are easy to remove with a simple dust cloth or, better yet, a feather duster. Left too long, dust and dry dirt can cake on any surface, even walls. When that happens, it's far more difficult to remove. If you're removing dusty dirt regularly, though, then it doesn't have a chance to build up. Dust from the top of the wall to the bottom, making sure that you pay special attention to any chair rails and baseboards that can collect even more dust. Tackling this job weekly can also help you to spot bigger problems, such as fingerprints and dirt spots that won't just brush away.


Add 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of warm water. Cold water doesn't dissolve the oils in fingerprints as easily as warm water does. Dip a microfiber cloth in the water and vinegar mixture and then wring the cloth out until it's just damp. Gently dab the cloth on the fingerprints until they start to disappear. If the water starts to feel too cool, mix up a new batch. Dab the area with a dry microfiber cloth and verify  that the fingerprints are indeed gone. If they're still there, repeat the process.

Stubborn Dirt

For really stubborn dirt, you need a little extra cleaning power. To the warm water and vinegar mixture, add 1/2 cup of baking soda. You'll see a little bit of fizzing as the baking soda and the vinegar react with each other, but that subsides quickly. Stir well to make sure that the baking soda fully dissolves. Dip a microfiber cloth into the solution and use it to gently rub away the stubborn dirt from the eggshell surface. Be careful not to press too hard since baking soda can be mildly abrasive.

If your walls are too badly stained, maybe it's time to look into having a custom painting job done to refresh the room. Contact an expert like Thompson Painting today who can give you the perfect look for your room.