Great News! Pit to Palace Cleaning is expanding. We are opening a new location in Paris TX in June 2017.
Paris TX is located in Lamar County just below the Red River & Oklahoma Border. The City of Paris is a tourist area with many things to see. The most famous landmark is the Eiffel Tower. It stands 65 feet tall and has a red cowboy hat that hangs off the top. The hat itself is almost 4 feet tall. If you haven’t seen this amazing Eiffel tower in person, you should make a visit. City Population is over 25,000.
About the Operator:
Stephanie Musick is a dedicated wife & mother. Her husband Jerry is a hard working fellow for the City of Paris. Their children attend North Lamar ISD. In their free time, Stephanie and her family enjoy cooking out BBQ and visiting Pat Mayse Lake.
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Having a messy stove top is not only unattractive but can cause an effect on your cooking. Caked on gunk can make your kitchen smell, and can cause a fire hazard if any of the residue were to catch flame. Whether you’re using a gas or electric stove, with regular grates or glass top, keep your stove in it’s best condition by cleaning it regularly.
Methods for Cleaning Stove Burner Grates
The methods below can be useful but will depend on the about of work is necessary to get the job done. Like many other household chores, maintenance and prevention is always easier than deep cleaning. So, spend the time, get it cleaned right, and stay on top of future spills to prevent build-up.
Using Vinegar to Clean
This method is good for daily and light cleaning. Vinegar is a great cleaning agent that is useful for so many household chores. (And even, some of us crazies like the clean smell of vinegar as well!)
Apply vinegar to your burners with a spray bottle.
Allow the vinegar to sit for 10-15 minutes.
Then, wipe up!
It’s really as simple as that, provided that you catch the spill before it has time to set/get baked in.
Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is another great household cleaning supply. It is granulated enough to cause some friction on surfaces, but gentle enough to not scratch surfaces. For hard stains,
Wash burners with soap and water to start with.
Make a paste with baking soda and water.
Cover the burners with the baking soda paste and let it sit for 20 minutes.
Scrub the burners afterwards.
For Glass Tops
For glass top stoves, you can purchase a cleanser specifically for that top. That cleanser is recommended so that you do not scratch the surface of your glass top. Scratched burners would cause uneven cooking surfaces and look unattractive.
Wipe with a microfiber cloth.
Use stove top cleanser as needed.
For caked on debris, scrape GENTLY with a razor and then wipe with a cloth.
You never want to scrub your glass top and risk scratching it.
Spring has sprung and it’s time for a little spring cleaning! Open those windows, let some fresh air in, and get ready to organize and declutter. Whether you’re going top to bottom, or hitting just the essentials, keep in mind a few basics for spring cleaning. There’s no time like the present to make and check off that to-do list.
Spring into Spring Cleaning
With the sun shining more, you’ll notice dirty windows. And, you don’t want to miss any of that beautiful natural light because of smudged windows! Try a squeegee on big windows for a cleaner, streak-free shine.
Change out old light bulbs and brighten up your space. When you do replace bulbs (and even where you don’t), take a few moments to dust fixtures and wash light bulb covers. You should also clean the area around recessed bulbs in your ceiling. Dust and bugs accumulate in these areas and you won’t feel your spring freshest with dirt over your light fixtures.
Blinds and Curtains
Like everything else, the dust has settled on your blinds and curtains. Winter weather means less air circulating around the home. Open the winds to get a breeze but also run your curtains through a quick wash cycle. Wipe down blinds as well so they won’t look discolored.
Check Your Supplies
As you’re spring cleaning, it’s the best time to check stock of all your specialty cleaning supplies. In addition to your basics, make sure you have stain fighters, floor cleaners, vacuum bags, and any other cleaning supplies you may need.
Change the Bedding
While this isn’t at all necessary for spring cleaning, a new bedspread or duvet cover can change the entire look and feel of a room. Brighten and lighten for the spring, so that your bedroom feels like a luxurious spa or ocean getaway.
Speaking of Change…
Don’t forget to change the direction of your ceiling fans! You want your fans to run counter-clockwise during warm months. A cool breeze will hopefully postpone the inevitable need to turn on the A/C.
Deep Clean the Fridge
It’s necessary. It’s not fun. But take time to do it. Baking soda and water make a great combination to scrub the shelves. To keep down odor, keep a fridge box of baking soda in the fridge and freezer and replace as needed.
And DON’T FORGET
Replace batteries in your smoke detectors every six months. A handy reminder is to do that when the time changes. This year, that’s March 12th. So change those batteries and make sure all detectors function properly.
It’s so tempting to jump right into the spring season. But don’t jump in without reading some Texas spring gardening tips. Our weather has been so mild this winter, so the green thumb may be getting a little itchy. Whether you are just getting started or ready to develop a new hobby, it’s time to start planning and working on your spring garden.
Many people think they are no good at growing anything, leading to the name “brown thumb”. But, anyone can grow some basic crops, you just have to know a few essentials to get started.
So, check out these Texas spring gardening tips to prepare for your new garden. Let’s get growing!
You have to start with the ground. The soil is THE foundation of gardening and for healthy plants. If you have not been gardening previously, your soil will probably need nutrients. Compost will help add some of those nutrients so you can prepare your land for planting.
Rainfall can be “unpredictable” to say the least. When planning your garden, you want to make sure its raised enough to prevent waterlogged plants in the event of a heavy rainy season. But, you also want to make sure it’s close enough to your faucets that you can access it with the water hose.
When you pick the plants you want to grow, look for their sunlight recommendations. Many vegetables require full sunlight at least 6 hours a day, so planting a garden under a huge oak tree wouldn’t be beneficial.
Use Proper Varieties
You want to choose plants that are adapted for the Texas weather (hello, heat in July). You’ll want to go to a nursery or gardening expert to find the best crops for your specific area. Also, you want to pick a variety of plants so that you have a selection.
Planting should occur after the last freeze. However, being in Texas, who knows WHEN that may occur. For some plants, it’s safe to wait a little longer. But, for others, like tomatoes, you may want to get a head start by planting indoors and transplanting later.
It is so tempting to plant ALL of the seeds. But unless you’re feeding a large family or are planning on sharing, you don’t need rows and rows of okra and tomatoes. They WILL produce a lot. It can easily become overwhelming when it comes time to harvest.
Check for Pests and Weeds
With these things, prevention is way better than trying to maintain. Keep a look out for pests and weeds and stay on top of their treatments. Check your local gardening store for the best treatments before and during gardening season.
When you think of ticks, you may think of summer days, tall grass, or dogs. In the past, if you caught a tick, you didn’t think much about it. Pull it out, kill it, and move on. The were an an annoyance, to be sure, but not generally anything to be overly concerned about. Those ticks are still around and you will notice them by their bigger size and attraction to dogs. But, there is also another species of tick, called a deer tick, and it is not so benign.
Deer ticks, which are smaller and have black legs, are far more likely to carry disease. When they crawl under clothes and attach themselves to their host, they are also less likely to be noticed. But, here’s what you need to know about ticks and staying safe.
The don’t jump or fly. Which means, to get to your head where they want to be, they have to generally crawl all the way up the body. Keeping the lower half of the body well covered will hopefully help shake the little critters off before they get to their dinner table (also known as your ears).
Their Life Cycles are Similar
Regardless of type of tick, they hatch from eggs and go through three stages: larvae, nymph, and adult. If they are bigger than normal, they may be full or partially full.
You’re Not Safe in Winter
Not that it feels particularly like winter right now here in Texas, but ticks stay active through the winter. They are not deterred by freezing temperatures so unless it’s iced over, you could still be at risk.
They Carry Disease Causing Bacteria
Ticks today are simply more likely to harbor the bad stuff than ticks in the past. This is due to the growth of deer population. A number of diseases can be transmitted, so if you have any symptoms after being bitten, don’t hesitate to call the doctor.
You Have 24 Hours
That’s about the length of time between attaching and germy transmission. So, if you’re spending the day in the woods or going camping, a quick once over before bed should keep you safe.
Specifically the pointy kind. Grab the little pest as close to the skin as possible to prevent pushing any bacteria into your skin when you squish it.
Treat Your Pets and Other Precautions
Keep your pet up to day with monthly tick repellents.
Purchase clothing with tick repellent built in if you’re going to be hiking, hunting, or traveling in areas with more ticks.
And don’t forget to do a body scan before tucking into your tent at night.
Although it’s not summer time, bees and wasps can still pose a problem in certain areas, especially if the temperatures are not too terribly cold. And, if you have untreated nests from the previous year, wasps may have moved into your walls, making removal even more difficult. There are a few things you will want to keep in mind, beginning now, to reduce the occurrence of wasps in the upcoming spring and summer months.
There seems to be no limit to the size or location of nests. Whether on the side of the house, up on the roof, or down in the ground, wasps can hide out pretty much anywhere.
If untreated, the big hanging nests can grow as big as a basketball. And depending on what you have buzzing inside, some species can be much more aggressive than others.
In addition, yellow jackets can nest in the ground, which unfortunately, are often only spotted after they’ve been disturbed. Ground nesting yellow jackets are a very common variety of wasps and are difficult to treat.
When You See a Nest
The first thing you need to do is locate the entry point of a nest, and try to stay away from that area. Drone wasps have one purpose, and that is to protect the colony at all costs.
The general advice of “if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you” is a pretty good one to follow. Like other animals, if they don’t see you as a threat, they are less likely to go into defense mode.
To Treat or Not to Treat
Treatment depends on a few factors. Most importantly, are you allergic? If you have a bee allergy, it is definitely advisable to seek professional treatment for any size nest. It is just not worth a potential deadly reaction. Also, an exterminator can determine where other nests may be and can more thoroughly treat your residence.
For others, a can of wasp spray usually does the trick. Follow the instructions on the can, allow plenty of distance, and spray thoroughly. Make sure nothing of importance is below the nest, because it will be wet from falling spray and covered in dying wasps.
Remove fallen fruit from trees.
Treat exposed wood.
Clear out branches and other stacks of debris on your property.