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  • Decluttering Flat Surfaces in your Home


    Any flat surface in the home is a major clutter magnet that needs to be cleared. It becomes a habitual practice to just place items on any countertop as it is very convenient and easy to do. However, cluttered surfaces create visual and mental chaos within the home. Clear the flat surfaces and restore some calm and serenity into your home once again. Below are the three most-probable cluttered surfaces within the home space and a guide and where to start clearing them.

    Kitchen Counter: Every home has that one kitchen counter where a dozen of items are simply put because it is convenient. No matter the size or shape, everybody  sees it as an area to place their items. Since the kitchen is the hub of family activity, the kitchen counter in particular attracts extensive clutter including spare tupper ware, dirty dishes, and even the daily mail.  To clear the kitchen countertop, simply set aside 15 minutes per day to place all the items where they need to go. It will create a relaxing atmosphere within the kitchen and allow you to feel in control for the home. With these 15 minutes a day, the kitchen counter will be nice and decluttered.

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    Coffee Table: Another surface that collects extensive clutter is the coffee table. This flat surface in the living room can get covered with books, magazines, and other miscellaneous papers. Whether it is the top of the coffee table or the space underneath the coffee table, it definitely attracts clutter.  With an area like the coffee table, one has to be deliberate and making sure its decluttered. On a regular basis the space should be cleaned up to give that peaceful atmosphere to the living room.

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    Bathroom Vanity: The bathroom vanity can also get extremely cluttered in the morning routine. Many times, items are scattered across the counter while leaving in the morning and are simply left there to collect dust. To avoid the bathroom clutter, assign or designate drawers in which all the items would go and keep the space organized. For more on bathroom organization, click on the previous blog post.

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    Decluttering surfaces in the home brings a calming appearance to the home. It creates the illusion of control and gives a peaceful atmosphere. With the tips above your home surfaces will be decluttered in no time!

  • Removing Turmeric Stains from Kitchen Counter


    Cooking is one of the many aspects of a home we all tend to enjoy or spend time doing. However, while spreading out in the kitchen, the task of cooking can get quite messy, which can cause some spillage on the countertops and cabinets. Especially in Indian cooking, the use of spices can lead to some extremely stubborn spice stains that are difficult to get rid of. This is especially common with the yellow spice: turmeric or haldi. Nevertheless, there are a few home remedies to get rid of the stains and leave the cabinets looking nice and clean! Check out some of the home remedies below!

    Vinegar and Lemon: Vinegar and lemon are two staples that are in every kitchen. Both ingredients can be combined together to create a solution. Dilute the vinegar and lemon in water and place the solution on the stained area. The solution will soak the stain, causing it to loosen up. Next, simply wipe away with a sponge and voila! the stain is gone.

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    Detergents: Another solution is using the regular detergent. Whether it is a laundry detergent or a dish detergent, it is an excellent solution for any kind of stain, whether it is a turmeric stain or any other food stain. A drop of the detergent should be diluted in water, and placed on the stained area, then gently scrubbed with a sponge to make the stain disappear from the countertop.

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    Baking Soda: Whether it is cleaning teeth or jewelry, baking soda has become one of the most-used home-cleaning solutions. Therefore, it works very well with food stains also. A water and baking soda paste should be applied to the stained area for a few minutes. Then the area should be wiped with any clean cloth. Then the stain is gone!

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    Multi-Purpose Cleaners: There are many other home cleaners in the market for different surfaces. All-purpose cleaners can be used be used to clean off food stains as well. As long as the cleaners are mild and non-abrasive, then they can easily be used for removing stains from a surface. 

    Overall, whether it is a turmeric stain or another spice stain or a curry stain, the solutions above work for all. They are ideal for the stubborn stains and are excellent and economical solutions. For removing those stubborn stains from your cabinets, try some of the methods above!

  • Deep-Cleaning Kitchen Guide for Diwali


    Diwali is right around the corner and there is a hustle and bustle everywhere. As Diwali approaches this weekend, all households are scrambling to make the home look spotless for the festival. Frantic homeowners struggle to balance the Diwali cleaning with the Diwali gifting and amongst all the Diwali parties. Ultimately, the one area of the house that is left towards the very end is the kitchen. As the most often used room in a home, the kitchen is either ignored or there is a constant struggle to deep clean, yet be able to completely use, the kitchen at the same time. But do not fret, the deep cleaning the kitchen for Diwali is much easier than one might think. Check out the helpful steps below, and your kitchen will be spotless!

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    • Create Space: The first step is the clear the countertops of items that are not used very often. These items include small machines and crockery that usually have a storage place, but are simply left out on the kitchen counter. Clean all these smaller items thoroughly using dish soap, or a water and vinegar mixture to get them sparkling this Diwali! Designate these items to go inside a cabinet so all countertops are more visible and the kitchen appears clutter-free.

     

    • Clean Cabinets, Shelves, and Racks: However, before placing these smaller items inside the cabinets, wipe down all surfaces and racks with a cloth soaked in a hot water and white vinegar mixture. This mixture removes all the grime and dust. Once that is done, re-wipe the surfaces with a simple plain water soaked cloth, and then dry with a dry cloth. Then, clean the outside of the cabinets with a simple detergent and microfiber cloth.

     

    • Cleaning Tiles, Walls, and Countertops: Now that the cabinets are cleaned on both outside and inside, the next step is wipe down the large surfaces, such as the walls, tiles, and countertops. These are also very simple to wipe down, requiring a basic detergent to cleanse the surfaces and voila! all done.

     

    • Clean Appliances: Hob, Chimney, Refrigerator, Microwave: Cleaning the appliances is even quicker than cleaning the cabinets. First remove all the dust with a microfiber or duster cloth, then apply your favorite cleanser or detergent and scrub the surfaces using a smooth cotton cloth. The smooth cotton cloth will avoid any scratches on the surfaces. An ideal detergent that can be used for cleaning all these surfaces is Colin. However, for any stubborn stains in the microwave or the fridge, sprinkle baking soda and leave for 30 minutes. Then wipe it off with a microfiber cloth and clean up the stain area with warm water. The stain will be gone!  For cleaning the inside of the refrigerator, use half a lemon, dipped in vinegar to clean the interior shelves and surfaces.
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    • Use the Space Efficiently: Finally, after the basic cleaning is complete, there is the more exciting part: which is organizing the space efficiently. At this point, one can easily put away the detergents and solutions and focus on arranging the items. One can get extremely creative by adding colorful cups on hooks or display a collection on open shelves. Using the space efficiently allows a user to create an exciting color palette within the kitchen.

    Cleaning the kitchen is not as huge of a process as one may thing. This Diwali, let your cleaned and well-lit home welcome the Goddess Lakshmi of Wealth and Prosperity and spread positive energy all around. Let the festivities begin. From all of us at ModSpace.in a very Happy Diwali!

  • Cleaning Tips for all types of Kitchen Counters


    Any kitchen you see in a magazine or showroom always looks so beautiful and glamorous. Everything is clean, all the colors match, and we all aspire to have kitchen designs exactly how we see them. One aspect of a kitchen that brings the entire look together is the countertop. Possibly the most used surface, the countertop ties the cabinet colors together, balances the floor and wall colors with the cabinet colors, and serves as the ultimate work surface for all kitchen tasks. Since there is so much activity, countertops require regular cleaning and maintenance to preserve the surface itself and keep that new, beautiful look in a kitchen. Countertops are available in a variety of materials: marble, granite, quartz, soapstone, laminate, tile, and even wood. However, the most common countertops seen in ModSpace.in kitchens are granite or marble. Below are the basic cleaning techniques required for cleaning each type of surface perfectly.

    Marble and Granite: Marble and granite are some of the tougher countertop options out there. They add a very natural look to the kitchen, and in order to be maintained they need to be sealed properly. Before usage, ensure the granite or marble is sealed to make the surface stain and water resistant. Everyday cleaning is very simple, requiring a mix of mild dish soap and water water. However, use a microfiber cloth to make the surface shine. AVOID any acidic cleaners as it may get ride of the sealer.

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    Laminate: Laminate countertops are another very popular option. They are known for being quite practical for the kitchen space and do not require regular sealing. However, when conducting tasks, it is best to use cutting boards for chopping and trivets for placing hot dishes to avoid any scratches or burns on the surface. Laminate countertops require minimal cleaning of using any soft, damp cloth and a mild household cleaner. However, stay away from the acidic cleaners as they can affect the surface.

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    Tile: These days, many rustic-looking kitchens have tile countertops as a part of the overall design. To maintain these surfaces, it is best that the tile is sealed and grouted at least once a year to avoid the surface from wearing out. However, if the countertop ceramic tile, then regular sealing is not required. For cleaning the surface, it is based to use a non-abrasive housecleaning solution. This mild substance will clean the surface easily. However, avoiding using stronger soaps as they might leave a film or residue on the counter surface.

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    Wood: Wood is a countertop surface that is not as common as some of the stone and tile options. However it is still seen in traditional or farmhouse style kitchens. Since wood is a natural surface it should be sealed properly for protection. The sealing will make the surface less susceptible to warpage or cracking. The least toxic route for cleaning wood is to use a food-grade oil or wax to generally clean the surface. However, in the event of scratches, the wood should be sanded and then the protectant should be re-applied. Nevertheless, the daily upkeep is very simple: a nonabrasive cleaner or a mix of warm water and white vinegar to wipe down the surfaces. However, just ensure the wood surface is very dry after cleaning.

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    Soapstone: Another countertop surface is soapstone, which is nonporous and resistant to any stains and scratches. Just like all the other surfaces, the soapstone countertop requires minimal cleaning using a multi-purpose, non-acidic cleaning solution. However, the overall look of the surface will evolve and change with time and with the overall kitchen. Either way the stone becomes more enhanced in color or has a natural patina look to it that adds a little something special to the entire kitchen. Regardless of how the look changes, the cleaning process will stay the same.

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  • Cleaning your Home After Holi


    Holi is just around the corner. As one of the most vibrant festivals of the year, your home may be the hub of the festivities. Whether you are hosting a party, or friends and family are coming in and out, it is inevitable Holi will become a part of your home. However, color gets everywhere, from the floors to walls to sinks to countertops. Here some effective tips to get rid of the Holi colors and make your home spotless and clean again.

    Color Stains on Floors: Any water or color stains on floors can be hazardous as somebody might slip in water or dry color can lead to an asthma attack. If there are pools and puddles of wet color, first blot them with paper towels immediately to keep the color from staining the floor. Then sprinkle detergent powder to break down the colors chemicals. With simple water stains on the floors, dab the water with a tissue or old newspaper. Clean it up as soon as you see it, as it may stain your flooring. Mix baking soda and water to make a paste, and pour it on the stain. Allow the paste to dry and wipe it wth a wet rag or sponge. This paste will easily clean the floor without affecting the texture. If you have white marble floors in your home, liquid bleach can remove the stains, however DO NOT use liquid bleach on color or laminated floors.

    Color Stains on Kitchen Cabinets: With pesky stains on your kitchen cabinets, dab color them with acetone or hydrogen peroxide on a cotton or sponge. Wipe the stain area with a damp cloth.

    Color Stains on Sinks, Countertops, and Tiles: Color stains on these surfaces can easily be removed by scrubbing them with a soap-soaked brush. Make sure the stains are scrubbed with a delicate hand to avoid scratches on any surface.

    Color Stains on Windows: Cleaning the windows is fairly simple. Use acetone on the wooden frame and the baking soda-water paste for the glass surfaces. Your windows will be as good as new!

    Color Stains on Wooden Furniture: With dry colors on your furniture, simple dusting is enough. However, to remove color mixed with water, wet a small cotton ball with acetone and use it to remove the stain. Make sure to be gentle while cleaning, as the cleaning solution can remove the varnish if used harshly.

    Color Stains on Upholstery: Wet upholstery becomes a breeding ground for fungus and mould. To avoid this, clean off the stains immediately. For dry color, broom or vacuum it off. For water-based stains, soak the material in water with white vinegar. On cushions, soak the stain with vinegar or lemon juice, and wipe it off with a cotton ball after 15 minutes.

    ModSpace.in wishes you a safe and Happy Holi!

  • Tips to Spring-Cleaning Your Wardrobe


    The weather is getting warmer and our wardrobe is getting lighter. The season to wear those heavy, warm coats and cozy sweaters is ending, and it is time bring out the t-shirts, tops, shorts, dresses, and skirts. However, the process of organizing your wardrobe can get overwhelming. Where should your off-season items go? Do you have everything in your spring/summer wardrobe, or does it need to be updated? Below is an 4-step easy checklist to ready your wardrobe the upcoming spring and summer.

    Step 1: Empty Out and Store your Winter Wardrobe: The first step  is to take out all of your winter wardrobe basics. By this time of the year, your heavy coats, sweaters, and jackets will need to be stored away until next season.

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    • Coats: It is best to hang them on fabric-friendly hangers, and keep them under a garment cover. Hang these garments in your storage closet. If a storage wardrobe is not available, then fold the garments and keep them in plastic packing to maintain its color and shape.
    • Sweaters should be folded neatly and stacked in plastic storage boxes or bags to maintain the shape for the next season. Ensure that all sweaters are washed or dry cleaned for storage to keep any smells from getting trapped in the clothing for several months
    • Jackets can either be folded or hung, depending on space and preferences. Jackets are usually designed to be durable in all types of weather, and therefore, do not require any type of covering. Ideally, hang your jackets in a storage wardrobe and keep them there until the following winter season.

    Step 2: Reorganize your Constant Clothing: Now that your winter clothing items are out of the way, it is time to organize the items that are in your wardrobe constantly or for a longer period. For example, jeans and trousers are a constant clothing item that are worn all year. Therefore, ensure they are neatly folded or hanging before putting your other items the wardrobe. Another example of this are thin or sleeveless sweaters, which are worn on the edges of the winter season-as it begins and as it ends. These items are still needed, but they will need to be stored during the peak summer season. Therefore, keep them accessible at all times, until they are not needed, and simply moved them to your storage area.

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    Step 3: Filter your Summer Wardrobe Essentials: Now that your wardrobe has room for your summer wardrobe, it is time to filter out the needed, and not needed items. To ease the process for you, ask yourself the following questions:

    • Does it fit?
    • Is it flattering?
    • Is it in good condition
    • Is it trendy and dated or classic?
    • Have I worn it in the last 12 months?
    • Do I feel confident wearing it?
    • Does it represent me and where I am?

    Ideally, spend no more than 2 minutes per each item to verify your perceptions about any item of clothing. This process will ease your thought process and allow you to toss out any items that you do not need. An added bonus: more room for new items!

    Step 4: Place everything back in your Wardrobe in an Organized Way: Finally, it is time to place your summer essentials in your wardrobe. There are severals ways of doing this to ensure you know where all of your items are located. A few organizational tactics are suggested below:

    • By Clothing Type: Place similar items together, such as your t-shirts in one place, your jeans in another, and your shirts or blouses in another section. This method is a very simple way to know where you will be able to find which types of items.
    • Separating Casuals and Formals: If you have certain types of clothing for your lazy weekends or for work and professional settings, then this organizational method will work for you. It separates the style of clothes, and depending on the occasion, you will gravitate towards one section of the wardrobe over the other.
    • By Frequency of Wearing Them: This organizational method is best for those who have certain staples that are worn very regularly. With this tactic, place your staple items front and center so they are easily available whenever you need them. Items that you wear infrequently can be placed on the sides of your wardrobe.

    Finally, your wardrobe is spring-ready and completely organized! Good luck with your spring cleaning!!

  • 5 Tips for Maintaining a Modular Kitchen in Delhi


    Delhi weather has the most extreme patterns throughout the year. You get the very cold for a couple months, then you get the extremely hot, and somewhere in between you get the extremely humid! Within any home, the kitchen is a place where the most activity. People are moving around, in and out, and aromas are being emitted, and food is being cooked, and cutlery is being cleaned. With all of these activities, the shutters and countertops are bound to lose their "new" look. However, there is a way to maintain your kitchen so it is as good as new. Follow the tips given below, and you'll be able to beat the Delhi weather and the kitchen activities by still having a brand-new looking kitchen!

    Regular Cleaning of Cabinets, Drawers, and Racks: In Delhi, nearly every surface collects one of two things: dust/dirt or moisture. Sometimes there is a dust storm that disrupts everything or it gets so humid, that there is moisture everywhere! With the Delhi atmosphere, the bacteria deposits are difficult to avoid. However, they can easily be wiped down to maintain the overall "new" appearance and hygiene of the kitchen and make the environment more hygienic. Once, you've completed using the kitchen for the day, use a soft cloth or a microfiber with a mild detergent to wipe down your shutters, drawers, and racks. This will make your storage be shiny and clean. By doing this activity daily, the dust and moisture won't settle on your kitchen cabinets.

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    Wipe Spillages Immediately: Anytime, there is a spillage at the hob or close to the sink, ensure to wipe it immediately. By not wiping it immediately, the spillage will settle with the Delhi dust and moisture, remaining as a sticky, unusable surface. Wipe the spillage using a mild detergent and a moist cloth, and to disinfect and clean the area at the same time. Your surface will be as good as new!

    Avoid harsh detergents: A good modular kitchen surface is water resistant, and depending on the type of finish, it can also be scratch resistant. Therefore, the surfaces do not require strong chemicals for cleaning. In fact, using strong chemicals will can lead to fading of the work and make the surface rough. While cleaning in your kitchen, only use mild solutions to main the feel, appearance, and shine of your kitchen.

    Dish cloth on countertops: A good kitchen countertop is usually scratch and stain resistant. At ModSpace.in, we are aware of the countless activities that happen in a kitchen, and we understand the hygiene and cleanliness concerns of having an active kitchen in a city like Delhi, with pollution, dust, dirt, and moisture. Therefore, we provide countertops that are scratch resistant, and made stain resistant through proper sealing. In your home cleaning the countertops is very simple. All it takes is a regular wipe down with a wet warm dish cloth, to loosen to dust, and then drying with a microfiber cloth. Your counters will be new forever!

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    Always keep your sink area clean: Finally, ALWAYS keep your sink area clean. The sink area is where the most moisture can gather, and if not cleaned properly it can lead to infections and water damage in the kitchen. At ModSpace.in we provide stainless steel sinks, as it is the most hygienic and sturdy against Delhi conditions. To maintain the sink, clean the unit regularly using baking soda. Baking soda is a very mild and useful cleaning agent that is perfect for cleaning the sink. In a sink unit, it is best to avoid cleaning agents with chloride, as it will corrode the steel.

    These are a few tips to maintain your modular kitchen. At ModSpace.in, we take special care to ensure our materials and finishes are termite and stain resistant, and sturdy in all of Delhi's weather conditions. Follow these on a regular basis and your kitchen will be new forever! Any comments or concerns? Give us a call! We'll be happy to assist you!

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