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Basic Skills to Help Manage Your CTBest Apartment

Basic Skills to Help Manage Your CTBest Apartment

Basic Skills Whether you’re moving in or moving out of a CTBest apartment, there comes a time when you want to do a little damage control.  Even the most cautious residents know that it’s easy to puncture walls and clog drains.  Of course, you can rely on your landlord or maintenance worker to take care of big issues and repairs, but there are a few skills every apartment dweller should know.

How to Patch Nail Holes

To begin patching nail holes, you must first find the holes. Start your journey with sticky notes and mark each nail hole that needs to be filled. There are several ways to fill a small hole in the wall, but the simplest is with a spackle, putty knife and sandpaper.  Once you have gathered your supplies, you just scoop a small amount of spackle onto the putty knife and apply it to the hole. It’s a simple as frosting a cake! Let the spackle dry and use sandpaper to sand away any excess.

How to Hang Heavy Items

A hammer and a nail can go a long way when having picture frames, but some wall art requires sturdier hardware. If the picture or décor is extra heavy, a larger hole will need to be made with a drill. Drill a pilot hole where your anchor will hang, place the anchor in the hole and tap with a hammer. A screw will need to go into the anchor and it can be tightened easily by hand. Now your sturdy piece of art can hang safety in your new apartment!

How to Unclog a Drain

There is no need to have maintenance come to your apartment for an embarrassing clogged drain. Most clogged drains such as a sink and toilet can be removed with a plunger. However, do not use the same plunger for the toilet and the sink! Unclogging a toilet is easy; you plug in fast motions up and down and flush the toilet to see if the clog removed itself. To unclog a sink, fill it halfway with water and plunge the drain just like you would a toilet. Once the cause of the clog is removed, run hot water down the drain to flush out the remaining stuff that may still be in the pipes.

How to Get Stains Out of Textile

From clothes and curtains to carpets and couches, the softer objects in your home may be more comfortable but they also have a larger chance of getting stained. Depending on the textile and the type of stain, different chemicals will need to be used. It’s best to keep an enzyme detergent available for protein-based stains such as food and sweat. It’s also advisable to keep rubbing alcohol, baking soda, Borax and cleaning rags handy.

If wine happens to spill on the carpet, absorb as much as possible and soak the stain in cold water. Make a paste of water and Borax or baking soda and rub it into the stain. Once it dries, vacuum the stain and repeat until it has been removed. If a pen leaks onto your couch, blot with water and rubbing alcohol and launder in the hottest water safe and accessible to the area. If the stain remains, you can move it to a sunny area of your apartment to bleach the rest of the stain.

Basic skill sets like these and more can be found on our News sections at http://ctbestapts.com/category/news-events/. If you’re interested in living in a CTBest apartment in Stamford, Branford or Norwalk visit www.ctbestapts.com/ or call Desiree at 203-223-1665.

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