Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Taking care of Lucite

Lately I've seen more and more furniture, accessories made of plastic/acrylic or Lucite.  I have to say that I LOVE them!  They look so pretty and are perfect for small spaces as they don't take a lot of visual space ;)
But the question is How do we clean those beauties?  Let's start with what you should NEVER do!

- Don't use abrasive/scrub sponges even if it's really dirty. It will scratch!
- Don't use any kind of spray cleaner such as Windex or Fantastik.  It will make them look foggy.
- Don't use paper towels.  Since they are made of wood they might have some tiny particles and scratch them.

Via 100 Layer Cake

dining room

white dining room with blue and green rug

Via The Decorista

Via Made by Girl

living rooms - CB2 Peekaboo Clear Coffee Table blue velvet sectional pink velvet pillows zebra  Great Girls Lounge Inspiration.   blue velvet
Via Decorpad

Via cb2

Instead try these easy steps:

1. The best and easiest way to clean a Lucite is to wipe them with a clean microfiber cloth and mild dish soap.  Just make sure the cloth is clean and you haven't just dusted other furniture.  The reason is that they might trap tiny particles that will scratch.

2. If they already look a little foggy you can try this commercial cleaner.  It works great and it's non-toxic (my favorite combination works/safe).

3. If they are a little scratched you can try this other cleaner which has a great 3 step-kit. The #1 will clean and shine. #2 will get rid of fine scratches and #3 will get rid of heavy scratches.

Do you have a Lucite at home?  How do you take care of it??


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!!

This is my beautiful daughter and my wonderful husband and this is the way you'll see them pretty much every day. They love each other, and!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012


Last week I got my last issue of Real Simple magazine and there was a very interesting and funny small article.  It says that the average British women spend three hours each week redoing her partner's housework.  Cleaning the kitchen and fluffing the couch seemed to be the primary chores that men failed to their wive's satisfaction. Among the top-10 complaints three were about making the bed.  And I have to agree with this one. I just can not stand a sloppy made bed, it needs to be perfectly tight (specially the bottom).  Am I crazy about that?  Do you have issues with your husband/partner's way to do their chores? And how do you handle it??

 Woman making bed
Image Real Simple magazine

Hope you all have a great weekend!!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Bag

Last Summer I saw this beautiful bag at The Container Store and when I went to buy it they were all gone!!  So when I saw it again at the beginning of this season I got it right away :)
I love it!  It's spacious and the big flowers make it cheerful and happy! 

I added a little personal touch to make it my own :)

 I'm hoping to use it every where this Summer!  What do you think?


Monday, June 4, 2012

Disinfect your Sponges

Sponges are a great tool we all have in our kitchen.  Some people even like to have separate sponges for dishes and another one for surfaces (I think this is a great idea!).  But what happens when you just got a new sponge few days ago and starts smelling?  As great as they are to clean they might also get lots of bacteria so we need to disinfect them.

Wet your sponge and place it in your microwave for no longer than one minute (depending on how powerful your microwave is).  Then CAREFULLY take it out, it might be very hot!! and rinse.
    microwave with sponges
Do you have a special way to disinfect your sponges?  Share your ideas with us!