90 SE Bridgeford Blvd, Bend, OR 97702 (541) 385-0752
Cleaning, Design

A change in perspective can totally reinvent this white-bathroom classic

Subway tile is a tried-and-true classic, whether it’s on the backsplash of your kitchen or the walls of your bathroom. And it has gained that status for good reason: It’s timeless, a chameleon for all design styles, and very affordable. However, it’s become such a classic that we’ve nearly hit our threshold for finding subway tile interesting. There are lots of great, still-classic alternatives for white subway tile if you want to try something different, but if you want stick with the original, we’ve discovered a great hack for reinventing subway tile in our bathrooms. If you want to completely change the look of original subway tile, turn it on its head—literally. Rotate the pattern of the tiles so they run vertically instead of horizontally. We’re so used to seeing subway tile laid in a brickwork layout—also called the running bond pattern—that simply changing the direction of the tiles creates an entirely new look

Another non-white example: Gray glass tile with white grout is a winning color combination. We love how the tile pattern corresponds with what it’s near: horizontally above the edge of the tub and vertically in the shower

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Cleaning

A dryer vent cleaning kit that’ll do more than just get rid of a lot of crud — that accumulated lint is slowing down your dryer and is actually a major fire hazard.

A pack of dishwasher cleaner tablets to eliminate buildup on the inside of your machine, which will help it get your dishes actually clean.

A pack of garbage disposal foaming tablets that’ll lift up all those accumulated food particles that are probably causing that less-than-pleasant smell in your kitchen

A HEPA-grade air filter so you can literally clean! the! air! and reduce allergens and dust in your environment

Angry Mama Microwave Oven Steam Cleaner Easily Cleans the Crud in Minutes, Steam Cleans and Disinfects With Vinegar and Water for Home or Office Kitchens

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Cleaning, Preventative
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Cleaning, Preventative

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome

Central Oregon, like most rural areas have an abundance of wildlife–including rodents such as the deer mice. Many people don’t know that, though cute the deer mice is a main carrier of the Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). This is a life-threatening disease that is spread by:
  • Inhaling airborne particles of urine, droppings, and saliva from infected rodents spreads
  • Handling infected rodents, their nests, or droppings and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes.
Symptoms develop within one to five weeks and are flu-like, including:
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
As hantavirus progresses, respiratory failure may occur. If you may have been exposed to deer mice and become sick, seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to let your health care provider know where you have been and what you were doing. If you have a rodent infestation or are concerned about the possibility of rodents on your property, feel free to call Spectrum Building & Restoration at 541-385-0752.
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Cleaning, Renovations
Earlier this week, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office handed out official eviction notices to roughly three-dozen people still living on the land between East Antler Avenue and Highway 126. Now it’s up to the Redmond School District, Deschutes County and the Central Oregon Irrigation District, who own the property, to clean up the hundreds of acres of land. A fence has been set up just off Antler Avenue, and anything found by cleanup crews that looks to be of value will be kept inside for 30 days, or until someone comes to claim it. According to the irrigation district, the same goes for vehicles worth over $500. So far, no arrests or citations have been handed out, and the Sheriff’s Office hopes the transition remains smooth. COID expects to spend between $100,000 and $200,000 cleaning up the land.
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Cleaning, Mold

Deep Cleaning Checklist for Your Kitchen

Useful Deep Cleaning Supplies
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Oven cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

What to Clean Every Week

  • Countertops: Spray down with all-purpose cleaner to keep stains and germs at bay. If you have stone countertops, use mild dish soap and water instead.
  • Floors: All you need is a bucket of dish soap and water, and a good mop.
  • Microwave, Stovetop and Cabinets: Wipe down each surface with an all-purpose cleaner or dish soap and water (test cleaners in a discreet spot on your cabinets first).

What to Clean Every Month

  • Cutting Boards: Use a small amount of vinegar, then hydrogen peroxide to sanitize your board. Rinse it off, then cut one lemon in half and rub across the board to eliminate any lingering odors. Condition your wood cutting boards with olive or mineral oil to extend their life and keep them looking spiffy.
  • Garbage Disposal: Place 1/2 cup of baking soda into the drain, then pour a cup of white vinegar on top. Let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with hot water while the disposal is running.
  • Dishwasher: First, make sure there’s no detergent in your dishwasher to avoid making a bubbly mess. Then, fill the dispenser with 1 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda and run it empty. This will clean up any grime or grease inside the appliance.

What to Clean Every Three Months

  • Coffee Pot: Pour equal parts white vinegar and water into the reservoir, then run until half empty and switch off for 30 minutes. Turn it back on until the reservoir is empty. Fill it up again with clear water and let it run with a new filter.
  • Oven: Either use your oven’s “self-cleaning” feature (if you don’t mind smoke and burning odors) or scrub with a combination of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Refrigerator: Remove all containers, throw out expired food and wipe down shelves.

Deep Cleaning Checklist for Your Living Room

Useful Deep Cleaning Supplies
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Duster
  • Vacuum
  • Paper towels
  • Glass cleaner
  • Squeegee
  • White vinegar

What to Clean Every Week

  • All Surfaces: Dust bookshelves, light fixtures and ceiling fans.
  • Carpets and Rugs: Simply run the vacuum over them, making sure you get the corners of the room.
  • Wood Furniture: Clean with a damp cloth dipped in a mild soap, wipe down with a clean cloth to dry and then apply a wood polish to help protect your furniture from stains.

What to Clean Every Month

  • Baseboards, Molding and Ceilings: Wipe down with a damp cloth or use the wand attachment on your vacuum.
  • Couch: Use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to clean under and on top of couch cushions.
  • Windows: Spray with a glass cleaner and wipe down with a squeegee, following a reverse s-pattern. Make sure to wipe the dirt off the blade after every pass.

What to Clean Every Three Months to a Year

  • Under Furniture: Clean or vacuum the floor underneath your furniture.
  • Curtains, Drapes and Blinds: Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for washing curtains and drapes. Clean your blinds using a cloth dipped in equal parts vinegar and water.
  • Carpet: Why carpet twice? While you should vacuum your carpets at least once a week, you should also steam clean them at least once a year to extend their life and improve air quality.
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Cleaning, Water
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Cleaning, Mold

Your bathroom may be your spot to relax in the tub after a long day, but with all that plumbing, humidity, and other business going on in there, the location’s full of unexpected hazards

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Cleaning, Preventative
Furnace maintenance is particularly important at this time of year since a broken or inefficient heating unit can cost you money on your energy bills and make your home unlivable when the weather gets cold. Thankfully, keeping your furnace running smoothly and efficiently is easier than you might think—as long as you follow a few key steps. Here are some top furnace maintenance tips to keep you and your family cozy this winter: Changing Furnace Filter

1. Give your unit a once-over

The first thing you need to do when maintaining your furnace is a spot-check of the entire system. Visually check your furnace for any signs of damage—warning signs generally include combustion residue or soot around the unit, cracks in your ducts, and debris around the flue and/or vents. Make sure the pilot light is on and that the flame is a steady blue, not flickering yellow or orange. Finally, don’t forget to inspect exterior vents and the portions of your HVAC systems that are kept outside since any debris or buildup of leaves, snow, and ice can wreak havoc on your system over the winter and make your unit unusable in the spring and summer months.

2. Clean out your vents

Although it may seem obvious, cleaning the heating vents around your home is one of the most important regular furnace maintenance jobs you can do and requires little to no specialist knowledge. In order to keep your furnace running efficiently throughout the winter, make sure to vacuum your floor vents and remove dust and debris from all of your vents throughout the house. In addition to helping your furnace work better, this basic cleaning task will drastically improve the air quality in your home (a dirty furnace vent will just blow dust and other particles around your home whenever the heating comes on).

3. Inspect furnace filters

If you don’t mind doing some DIY furnace maintenance, you can inspect and clean the filters inside your furnace on your own. However, before you open your furnace unit, make sure it is completely cooled and switched off. Disposable filters—usually made from fiberglass or pleated fabric paper—should be changed around every three months, while permanent filters should be washed and cleaned regularly during the heating season as best practice. Furnace Examination

4. Bring in a professional

There are countless step-by-step tutorials across the internet that can help you complete your regular furnace maintenance on your own. However, if DIY repairs are not your strong suit, you can always call your HVAC professional to come and check out your furnace. In fact, an annual furnace maintenance completed by a professional is often recommended over DIY repairs, since HVAC is such a specialized and potentially dangerous field. Professionals are trained to safely check and repair your furnace regardless of its current state, and an annual maintenance visit won’t break the bank (costing roughly $100 per visit, depending on the area you live in and the type of furnace you have).

5. Protect your home

After you’ve successfully inspected, cleaned, and repaired your furnace, you can further ensure that your home is safe by installing a carbon monoxide detector near your HVAC unit. In addition to a smoke or heat detector, a carbon monoxide detector is essential for any homes that are heated with gas (remember that this also applies to fireplaces.) Simply place the detector near your furnace (see instructions for specific placement distances) and turn it on, making sure to test it regularly. Now that you’ve taken all necessary winter prep precautions, you can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace    
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Cleaning

 Dumpster Rental Resources: Understanding Cubic Yards

Dumpster Sizes by Cubic Yards

Find out what dumpster sizes are available in your city.

What Is a Cubic Yard and How Can You Estimate Cubic Yardage?

A cubic yard is the volume of a cube with a length, width and height of one yard (3 feet or 36 inches). You can easily calculate cubic yardage by converting all three dimensions of an item into yards and multiplying them. For example, if you have debris that is 9 feet long, 3 feet wide and 12 inches tall, you have one cubic yard of material. Here’s how it breaks down:
  • Given that 3 feet is equivalent to 1 yard, 9 feet equals 3 total yards in length.
  • The width is easily measured as 3 feet equals 1 yard in width.
  • Given that 12 inches is equivalent to 1 foot, 1 foot equals 1/3 of a yard in height.
Multiplying the three dimensions, once converted to yards, will give you the total cubic yardage of your debris. In this case, 3 yards x 1 yard x 1/3 yard equals a single cubic yard. While calculating cubic yardage will not always be that simplistic, especially for materials like concrete, gravel and dirt, having some understanding of how to do so can go a long way in filling up a dumpster.

Estimating Cubic Yards in Your Dumpster Rental

An easy way to answer “How much is a cubic yard?” is to compare it to common items you’ve seen and used. The most popular example of this is equating cubic yards to pickup trucks. In this case, the typical full-size truck bed can hold between 2-3 cubic yards of material. That means a 10 cubic yard dumpster can hold at least three pickup truck loads (depending on the weight of your debris). Here’s what our other common dumpster sizes can hold in terms of truck loads:
  • 20 cubic yard dumpster – Equivalent to about six pickup truck loads.
  • 30 cubic yard dumpster – Roughly equivalent to nine pickup trucks of debris.
  • 40 cubic yard dumpster – Can hold about 12 pickup trucks of materials.
It may also be beneficial to think of a cubic yard in terms of wheelbarrow loads, as it’s a great tool to bring materials into your container. Typically, 9-12 wheelbarrow trips are equivalent to one cubic yard of material. Keeping this in mind can help you estimate cubic yards as your project progresses.
Guidelines for How to Fill a Dumpster

It’s important to keep debris below the edges of your dumpster rental.

Knowing what a cubic yard looks like can be helpful when filling up your dumpster, but it’s critical to follow some basic guidelines to ensure an affordable and efficient rental. Most importantly, keep your materials below the edges of the container. Nothing should be sticking up over the top or hanging over the sides. Stacking your materials into the dumpster accordingly, as you see in the picture above, can go a long way in maximizing your space.
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