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Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home
Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home Author:Martha Stewart Whether your home is small or large, an apartment in the city or a country cottage, it is a space that should be at once beautiful and livable. The key to that is managing the upkeep without feeling flustered. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive resource that not only tells how to care for your home and everything in it, but that als... more »o simplifies the process by explaining just when. With secrets from Martha Stewart for accomplishing the most challenging homekeeping tasks with ease, this detailed and comprehensive book is the only one you will need to help you keep your home looking its best, floor to ceiling, room by room.
In Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook, Martha shares her unparalleled expertise in home maintenance and care. Readable and practical–and graced with charts, sidebars, illustrated techniques, and personal
anecdotes from Martha’s decades of experience caring for her homes–this is far more than just a compendium of ways to keep your house clean. It covers everything from properly executing a living room floor plan to setting a formal table; from choosing HEPA filters to sealing soapstone countertops; from organizing your home office to polishing your silver and caring for family heirlooms.
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is organized for clarity and maximum practicality:
Room by Room covers the upkeep of the appliances, tools, furnishings, and surfaces found in each room, from the entryway to the kitchen, from the attic to the laundry room.
Throughout the House instructs the reader on the proper ways to routinely clean and periodically maintain everything in the home, including dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, polishing, scrubbing, waxing and much more.
Comfort and Safety focuses on techniques to ensure your home is running properly and safely, such as recognizing when to clean vents, fixing a leaky faucet, and eradicating pests.
A-to-Z Materials Guide provides an invaluable resource that explains the unusual materials that many favorite objects are made of–from abalone to zinc–
and how to care for them so they last.
Encyclopedic yet friendly, Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook is a seminal work–a must-have for everyone who wants a well-cared-for home that will endure for generations.« less
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I love having this book around. I love knowing that if I ever need to know how to stack firewood in a practical yet decorative fashion, this book will tell me how to do this. That being said, how often do you need to stack firewood in a decorative fashion?
This is like an owner's manual for your house and most of the things in it. If you need to know how to clean something or maintain it, look in here. This is also a good book to have if you are remodeling because it reviews different types of surfaces, the benefits of each and the disadvantages, and how to clean them. I will probably never need to know two thirds of the stuff in here but it is great to have on hand if you have a question about something. You name it, and it is probably here: How to organize a closet, how to maintain a water heater, how to wash dishes by hand, how to care for fine linens (one of those things I will never need) how to remove stains when doing laundry (will need that one, a lot), how get rust stains out of your tub whether it be fiberglass or porceline. This is great comprehensive reference book that I am sure I will use for years to come.
I am amazed at all the information that this volume contains. It is a great reference book for anyone to maintain their home. It would also be a big help to someone who is planning to remodel to get ideas on the layout and materials to use and it would make a terrific gift for a new bride. It is definitely a keeper.