Common Mistakes Homeowners Make With Good Intentions in Alexandria

In Alexandria new homeowners always have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of their house. However, no one is knows all the ins and outs of maintaining a home right off the bat, so avoidable mistakes are often made in the beginning.


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In an attempt to protect new countertops, many owners will apply sealant too frequently, which can create a cloudy or streaky appearance on natural stone, concrete, butcher block and glass. Homeowners should always defer to the manufacturers’ recommendations when it comes to sealing, as different materials can have different needs. Using bleach as a go-to cleaner is another common mistake. Bleach can eat through sealant, discolor laminate and dissolve vinyl. Homeowners should use water and vinegar instead, which are the perfect tools for most home cleaning jobs.

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Allison Nesbitt Johns is a native of Northern Virginia and a graduate of James Madison University. She is a full-time elementary school teacher and helps out at Nesbitt Realty during summer months and other times when school is out of session.