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Stainless Steel Cleaning

Stainless steel appliances are a top choice for many kitchens because of the sleek, modern look they offer. Their tone coordinates with multiple color schemes, and steel is one of the most durable materials available to homeowners. Plus, stainless steel comes in multiple finishes, and some appliances mix finish types so that you can maintain aesthetic consistency without too much uniformity. While the name says stainless, let's be honest, fingerprints and smudges happen, and cleaning these appliances can leave some homeowners stumped!

Whether you're tackling your spring cleaning or getting ready to take real estate photos of your Augusta home for sale, these tips will get your stainless steel appliances looking like new.

  1. Rub the Right Way
    Few things can ruin the look of stainless steel worse than scratches. A brushed finish may hide smaller abrasions, but all finishes require gentle care. Avoid abrasive cleaning products or tools when cleaning stainless steel. Use a soft cloth or paper towels to clean stainless steel. There are non-abrasive household cleaners that will remove grime and messes. If you're not sure about the abrasive quality of a cleaning product, test it on a small, inconspicuous area. For sticky or dried-on messes such as splattered sauces, try warm water to dissolve the mess into something easily wiped away with a microfiber cloth. Use dish soap to remove grease spatters after frying, then rinse with water to prevent residue buildup. 

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Maine Plants

Spring has sprung, and it's the perfect time to add color and variety to your gardens. The warmer spring temperatures are ideal for planting new plants. When choosing plants, look for varieties that will thrive in Maine's weather conditions. Not only are these plants easier to grow, but they'll require less watering and intervention from you.

When selling your home, our REALTORS® recommend taking some time to spruce up your landscaping, so it creates an excellent first impression with potential buyers. Below are a few plants ideal for the Maine climate. 

  1. Lupines
    Lupines are a popular option thanks to their vivid coloration. They come in multiple hues, including blue, yellow, purple, red, and white. You can grow lupines from seeds, or you may transplant full-grown lupines. An advantage of lupines is that they're perennials; this means that they'll return every year, and you won't have to replant them. Don't worry if your first crop of lupines doesn't bloom, as it's common for lupines to skip blooming the first year you plant them. For optimal growth, plant your lupines in sandy soil. They can grow in thicker clay-based soil, but it may take them longer to take root. Plant lupines in an area with full sun and minimal shading.
  2. Eastern Serviceberry
    The Eastern serviceberry is also known as a shadbush or shadwood. It boasts gorgeous white flowers in the spring. Come fall, this shrub is lush with lovely yellow blooms. This shrub (also viewed by some as a small tree) can grow 20 feet tall. You can prune it back a bit if you need to contain its size. It grows well in full or partial sunlight and needs steady moisture to thrive. 

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