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6 Fast Fixes for May

Get ready for hotter days with these easy ways to improve your home

Move Houseplants Outside

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After the last frost, and once nighttime temps reach 50 degrees F, it's safe to start gradually acclimating plants to the outdoors over a period of a few weeks.

Refresh Old Paintbrushes

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Clean off dried paint by soaking brushes in hot white vinegar, then washing them in warm, soapy water.

Shield Wood Floors From Sun

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Prevent uneven floor fading by repositioning furniture and area rugs.

Summer-Proof Your Grass

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Giving your lawn a deep watering once a week encourages strong root growth that will help grass withstand summer droughts.

Touch Up Exterior Paint

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Before heat and humidity set in, refresh peeling or scuffed paint on your trim or front door.

Check Your Fridge's Seal

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Grime can interfere with a tight seal, so make sure to clean the gasket regularly with a damp sponge. Test the seal by closing the fridge on a dollar bill, then trying to pull it out. If the bill slides out easily, it may be time to order a replacement seal from the manufacturer.