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All Year Long Home Care Guide

All Year Long Home Care Guide

All Year Long Home Care Guide

The Home Care Guide from Consumer Reports will help you improve, repair, organize, and maintain the home you love in all seasons. Also includes "Do it Yourself" tips for windows, gutters, floors, appliances, A/C & furnace, and much more. Plus 1,200+ home products rated.

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1 minuti
household help from cr’s experts

Whether it’s your first home or your fifth, you want to keep it sparkling clean and running well, inside and out. But most of us aren’t born knowing the secrets to streak-free windows, or how to change a furnace filter, or when leaf blowers go on sale. Don’t worry: Consumer Reports is ready to pitch in. Our home pros—engineers, researchers, market analysts, and editors—know the best and fastest ways to care for your home, from organizing the garage to clearing the gutters, and much more. This issue is filled with our experts’ DIY tips for seasonal cleaning and maintenance—plus advice on when it’s safest to hire a pro. Our exclusive tests of thousands of products reveal the best home gear, and our sales analysis tells you when to shop to get the…

2 minuti
all-year-long home care guide

President and CEO Marta L. Tellado Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Leonora Wiener Vice President, Chief Content Officer Gwendolyn Bounds Editor in Chief, Consumer Reports Magazine Diane Salvatore Deputy Editor, Special Interest Publications Amanda Lecky Design Director Matthew Lenning Creative Director, Brand Young Kim Associate Design Director Sheri Geller Art Directors Tammy Morton Fernandez, Lisa Slater, Tracy Stora Photo Editors Emilie Harjes, Karen Shinbaum Senior Director, Content Development Glenn Derene Deputy Directors, Content Development Christopher Kirkpatrick, Ellen Kunes Associate Directors, Content Development Scott Billings, Althea Chang Senior Director, Content Impact & Corporate Outreach Jen Shecter Editorial Director, Digital Erle Norton Special Projects Joel Keehn, Director; Lisa L. Gill, Rachel Rabkin Peachman, Deputies; Ryan Felton, Writer Senior Director, Product Testing Maria Rerecich HOME & APPLIANCE: Eric Hagerman, Content Lead; Editors/Writers: Daisy Chan, Mary Farrell, Paul Hope, Kimberly Janeway, Sara Morrow, Haniya Rae, Perry Santanachote, Daniel Wroclawski;…

2 minuti
your year-round project planner

CLEAN Did you know you should dust your refrigerator coils in the spring, blot up grease from the garage floor in the summer, and clean ceiling fan blades in the fall? Now you do—and our pros share the best (and fastest) ways to get those jobs done. MAINTAIN Find guidance for bigger chores and outdoor upkeep here, from making grill repairs in the summer to winterizing your lawn mower in the fall to preventing pipes from freezing (or thawing them if they’re already icy) in the winter. SHOP Our market analysts track sales trends for hundreds of products throughout the year to help you find the lowest prices. Use our expert buying advice and exclusive ratings of the products on sale each month to pick the best-performing gear. HOW TO USE CR’S RATINGS Overall Score combines the…

13 minuti
spring clean

YOUR SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST ▪ Rotate mattresses and wash mattress pads and blankets. P. 9▪ Wash curtains and draperies or have them dry-cleaned. P. 10▪ Clean upholstery. P. 11▪ Shampoo rugs. P. 12▪ Wash windows. P. 14▪ Clean out the refrigerator and dust coils. P. 15▪ Go through closets to discard unwanted clothes; clean winter coats.▪ Hang blankets on a clothesline to air out before putting them away. Mattresses If you find yourself sniffling as you snuggle in for the night, it might be a sign that it’s time to clean your mattress. Dust mites—microscopic bugs that feed off the dead skin cells of humans and their pets—can take up residence in bedding. When we inhale their feces, it can trigger an allergic response, leading to a runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, and other…

2 minuti
out, damned spots!

Wine/Juice/Soda Act quickly, gently blotting the liquid with a white cotton cloth. Mix 4 cups of water, a tablespoon of dish soap, and a quarter-cup of white vinegar, and apply using a clean sponge. Soak the area with the mixture, allowing 5 to 10 minutes for it to work on the stain. Blot again—don’t rub—with a clean cloth. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone. Mud Let the mud dry completely or it may become much more difficult to remove. Once it has dried, slowly vacuum over the area in all directions to pick up loose dirt. Soak a white cotton cloth in 1 cup of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of dish soap, and apply. Then use a clean white cloth to blot the area. Repeat these steps until the stain…

9 minuti
spring maintain

YOUR SPRING MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST ▪ Clean and refinish decks. P. 17▪ Clean outdoor furniture. P. 18▪ Check air conditioner filters. P. 19▪ Inspect siding. P. 19▪ Get the yard ready for the growing season. P. 20▪ Take steps to prevent ticks and mosquitos. P. 21 Decks Lumber, like skin, doesn’t fare well unprotected. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are always on the attack, breaking down lignin, the glue in wood that keeps the wood fibers together. Rain and sun alternately swell and dry wood, eventually causing it to crack and split. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and mildew. Dirt lodges between wood fibers and sticks to stains and sealers. Apply the sealer or stain to a new deck as soon as possible. Any time the wood is allowed to go untreated, it begins to…