Spooky Stain Removal

Whether you celebrate Halloween or Fall Harvest, this time of year is a lot of fun for children and adults. However, the combination of costumes, makeup, candy, and sugar high can make for an awful mess as November dawns tomorrow. Junk King Austin has some tips for spooky stain removal to help you get through the post-holiday clean up.

1. Chocolate
No Halloween night is complete without indulging in some chocolate! Though delicious, this dark-colored treat can melt and leave a stain. To clean up, carefully scrape off as much of the chocolate as you can, working at an angle to prevent further grinding the chocolate into the fabric. Treat the area with your favorite stain remover and wash the item. If necessary, wash again with bleach that is color- or fabric-safe.

2. Chewing Gum
Fun to chew, this candy is for the mouth or trash can only. However, if chewing gum finds its way onto an article of clothing, start by holding ice to it until the gum freezes and turns hard. Working again at an angle to prevent working the gum deeper into the fabric, scrape off as much of the chewing gum as you can. If you have dry-cleaning solvent, apply some to the area. If not, use your favorite stain remover and wash.

3. Hair Products
Fall Festival attendants will of course make sure their hair matches their costume – and will ensure that it stays that way all evening. If your zombie or Frozen Princess used hair spray or hair gel, you may find their clothes are sticky afterward. Before washing the clothing or costume, be sure the scrape off as much of the hair product as you can. Then, apply your choice stain remover and wash in hot water.

4. Hair Dye
Hair dye shows commitment to the costume. It can also show up later in the form of a stain. If the item in question is bleach-safe, soak it for thirty minutes in a gallon of cold water mixed with 1/4 cup chlorine bleach. If the item is not bleach-safe, mix a gallon of cold water with 1/4 cup ammonia. With the stain in the middle, stretch the item over a bucket and carefully pour the mixture over it. Rinse the stained article and then wash it.

5. Oil-based Makeup and Lipstick
What’s Halloween without a little makeup? Unfortunately, what begins on our face does not always stay there. To treat items stained with lipstick or oil-based makeup, begin by testing a unseen area. Using makeup remover or rubbing alcohol, apply a drop to the unseen area. Wait 10 minutes; if there is no color change, then proceed to apply the makeup remover or rubbing alcohol to a washcloth. Wet the stain with the washcloth. Follow with a dry paper towel, pressing on the stain repeatedly until it no longer picks up the makeup. Apply your choice stain remover and wash in warm water. If the stain does not come out, follow these instructions again.

We hope you have a wonderful celebration this evening, and that your post-celebration cleanup is easy and quick. If you want an easy and quick cleanup in other areas, Junk King Austin is here to help. We not only clean out homes, storage spaces, office buildings, and outdoor areas, but we also recycle up to 80% of what we collect. Whether you need large appliances removed (hot tubs, refrigerators, or even deck removals), a storage area cleaned out (garages, attics, storage units), have construction waste to clean up, or just have a piece of furniture you want gone, Junk King is ready to do all the heavy lifting. Call now or book online today and make your life simpler.

Backyard Clean-Outs

Backyard clean-outs are a hallmark of autumn. As the leaves turn and the plant life quiets down in preparation of winter, it’s much easier to judge the state of your yard and make improvements. Junk King Austin has some tips to help you with your backyard clean-outs:

  • Prepare
    It is only frustrating to clear a Saturday for yard work only to discover that you don’t have gloves or a shovel. Take stock of your tools and make sure everyone has a pair of gloves and that there are plenty of trash bags, shears, rakes, and shovels.
  • Assess and Organize
    While you’re assessing your tools, take a cursory glance at the space you’ll be working in. What needs to happen for your backyard clean-out to be a success? Jot down a list to help you from feeling overwhelmed when it’s time to work.
  • Feed the Plants
    Plants need extra nutrients in the colder months. Help them along with some fertilizer.
  • Get Rid of the Excess
    If you have old outdoor furniture, an unwanted deck, or a broken hot tub, take the steps to have it removed. Call Junk King for a free estimate and we will do all the work for you – and even clean up after ourselves when we are done. We are experienced with hot tub removals, deck removals, fence removals, and shed removals. We can also haul away furniture, landscaping paraphernalia, and yard waste (tree clippings, rocks, etc) to help spruce up your backyard and save your back at the same time.

Junk King Austin is well equipped for both inside work and outside jobs. No job is too big or too small! We can do a variety of things from attic and garage clean outs to large appliance removals and building clean-outs. Call or book online today for your free estimate and let Junk King do all the work!

6 Tips For Decluttering

Back-to-school is an exciting time of year – albeit a somewhat stressful one. Navigating new schedules requires organization. Maintaining order in the home helps ease everyone’s tensions. To help kick off the school year right, Junk King Austin is sharing 6 tips for decluttering:

1. Part Ways With The Broken and Unused
Don’t hang on to broken objects. Throw them out and free up more space. If you have items in your home that haven’t been used in the last year, donate them – they won’t be missed.

2. Utilize Your Garage
Designate an area in your garage specifically for seasonal storage. This will make the transitions in wardrobes and seasonal decorating much simpler and faster.

3. Keep Important Things Close
When assigning ‘homes’ for your objects, be sure to logically arrange them, making frequently used objects easily accessible.

4. Use It Or Lose It
It’s tempting to keep certain objects around for special occasions, but it’s not practical. So use the fancy soaps – there’s no sense keeping something around for a mythical ‘someday’.

5. Consider Space Organizers  
Take a good look at the things you need to store and think about how best to store them. Shelves are very helpful, as are tubs, trunks, and inserts for drawers.

6. Move Methodically 
In a burst of well-intentioned enthusiasm, it can be easy to begin multiple projects at once. Resist this urge and move forward one room at a time, always working clockwise around the space.

No matter your ideas for organization and simplifying your life, Junk King Austin is prepared to help – and to do all the work for you. We can handle a variety of jobs, from attic and garage clean outs to pulling up carpet and dismantling decks. We can remove large appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and hot tubs, as well as yard waste and outdoor objects like tree limbs, rocks, concrete, and building debris. If you can point to it, we can take it away. We even recycle up to 80% of what we collect, re-purposing items, sending them to recycling centers, and making charitable donations to organizations like The Salvation Army, Texas Baptist Children’s Home, and The Caring Place. Book online or call us at 512-994-2250 to get your free estimate today.

Tips to Make Moving Easier

No one likes to move, but it is something we must all do at least a couple of times in our life. The task of moving can easily seem overwhelming, chaotic, and stressful. Junk King Austin is here to help with tips to make moving easier:

  • It’s a good idea to begin collecting boxes and other packing materials as soon as you know that you are going to move. Boxes, Sharpie markers, packing tape, plastic wrap for furniture, bubble wrap, and packing paper are all great things to have before you begin packing.
  • Be sure to clearly label each box with what room it goes in and what is inside. 
  • Plan ahead for which items you will need immediately upon your arrival at your new house, which items you can do without for a few weeks, and which items you should setup before moving in.
  • Moving into a suitcase the last few days before you move makes finding are essential personal items easy.
  • The first time you go into your new house when the previous tenants have left, you may be surprised by how much cleaning needs to be done. Make sure to go by the house before your movers arrive, armed with an arsenal of cleaning supplies.
  • Another good idea is to walk through your new home beforehand and envision where all the boxes will go. You want to make sure that you’ll have enough room to work around the boxes for unpacking, putting away items, and carrying items from room to room around the piles of boxes still waiting.
  • Considered dismantling larger pieces of furniture to make them easier to move. It may take you more time to set up the furniture in the new house than to simply set it down, but it will save you a lot of space and will make carrying the furniture out of the old house and into the new house much easier.
  • If you are purchasing new furniture for your new house, make sure to order it well in advance as it can take several weeks for furniture to arrive.
  • As tempting as it may be to run out and buy a lot of new items for your new house, make yourself wait. Your decorating ideas may go in a new direction once you have moved in.
  • Above all, be sure to take care of yourself.  Moving can be very stressful. Have a friend keep any pets or children on the moving day so that you can focus better on your task. Also consider buying takeout food for the day that you move in, as you will likely not feel like cooking and most of your kitchen things will be in boxes.

Junk King Austin is always ready to help. We clean out and haul away literally anything and everything but hazardous waste. If you find that the previous owners left behind a mess, Junk King Austin can come by and clean up anything from cluttered attics, forgotten sheds, messy garages, and any old appliances left behind. Far from limited to simply moving jobs, we can clean out any building, home, office, and even outdoor spaces. Call us today for a free estimate 512-994-2250, or book online.

DIY Cleaners

Cleaning is an important part of home ownership. No one likes living in a dirty home, but have you ever felt unsure about using strange chemicals in your home? Junk King Austin has some tips for DIY cleaners:

Glass: 
Mix 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 5 drops of peppermint essential oil in a 24 oz spray bottle; shake slightly to combine.

Kitchen: 
In a bowl, combine ¼ cup natural dish soap, ¼ cup baking soda, 5 drops cloves essential oil, and about 3 drops of water. Use as a heavy scrub; works well with the rough side of the double-sided sponge. Wipe up with wet cloth.

Bathroom: 
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine ¼ cup white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Heat for 45 seconds. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz onto shower surface. Let sit for 4 minutes and wipe clean.

All-Purpose: 
Into a 24 ounce spray bottle combine ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup vodka, 10 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops lemon essential oil, 1 1/2 cups water. Shake well. Spray and let sit for 10 minutes before wiping up with a cloth. To be used as a disinfectant.

Hardwood Floors: 
In a 2 gallon bucket mix ½ cup white vinegar, 1 gallon warm water, and 2 to 3 drops of lemon essential oil. Dip mop head in bucket and ring out. Use on floors.

Junk King Austin is always ready to help you clean out your home, office, building, or outdoor space. We will take away anything and everything that is not hazardous waste- even large appliances like hot tubs, refrigerators, and washers and dryers. Call now or book online today to get your free estimate.

Organizing Your Garage

An organized garage is a happy garage. It is always nice to know where everything is and to feel that a space is clean and well kept. This is especially true in the garage. Organizing your garage will give you a sense of accomplishment as well as the feeling of being in control and on top of your home.  Junk King of Austin is here with some tips for organizing your garage:

  • Take stock of everything currently in your garage. There is no way to organize the unknown. The first step is always to know what you’re dealing with. Do not shortchange this step; open every box, inspect every shelf, and go through every bag.
  • Make a pile for each kind of the item, including a pile of objects to get rid of. Group together items for camping, tools, etc.
  • Once everything has been grouped, check for duplicates. Make sure that you only have one of each item and donate or sell repetitions.
  • Assess what systems of organization works best for you and your family. Try to avoid a complete overhaul, unless your garage was a total disorganized disaster area. If there was simply no order before you started organizing then a total restructuring may be called for.
  • Think about the most logical way to group items in zones. It makes sense, for example, to store all the toys in one place.
  • Take measurements and decide which new organizational pieces to buy. For instance, you may want a work bench, storage bins, or need a few more shelves.
  • Open floor space is often the goal of garage organization. Keep that in mind as you begin putting away items in their new homes. Shelving can be your best friend when optimizing storage space in the garage.

Whatever your decisions to reorganize your garage, Junk King Austin is here to help. We clean out spaces and haul away unwanted junk, including large appliances. We are prepared for homes, attics, basements, garages, sheds, office buildings, and outdoor spaces. We will haul away anything and everything that is not hazardous waste. Book online or call today for your free estimate!

How To Improve Curb Appeal

Even before entering, the first impression of a home has been made. Learning how to improve curb appeal is not difficult and can often be done in small bites. Here are 5 things you can do to boost the curb appeal of your home:

1. Freshen Your Door
The door of any home draws the eye, so make sure your door is ready to be noticed. A fresh paint job, polishing the metal fixtures, and cleaning off any dirt goes a long way.

2. Be Symmetrical
Symmetry is visually appealing and easy to accomplish. Focusing on the doorway, arrange plants and light fixtures in pairs.

3. Spruce Up The Mailbox
Coordinate the paint of your mailbox to match the trim or colors of the exterior of your home. Also consider surrounding your mailbox with pretty plants.

4. Add Window Boxes
Charming and sweet, window boxes add instant curb appeal. Be sure the window box matches the exterior decor of your home, and fill it with bright flowers.

5. Update Your Landscaping
Have you been neglecting your trees, planter beds, or shrubbery? Pruning and pulling weeds is a great start to the renewal of your landscaping. Go the extra mile and update your border or plant new flowering plants.

Whatever your plans for improving the curb appeal of your home, Junk King Austin is here to help. We can take care of all your yard waste, be it trimmings, fallen trees, or a broken fence. And we don’t have to stop at your yard – we will clean out abandoned buildings, cluttered garages, overstuffed closets, and more. Call Junk King Austin today or book online and improve your space.

Does Clutter Make You Depressed?

Is your home filled with stuff? In a culture of consumerism, it’s no surprised that many of us live in houses overflowing with clothes, kitchen gadgets, half-forgotten mementos, and toys. (Did you know that merely 3% of the world’s children come from U.S. consumers, yet we purchase 40% of the world’s toys?) But how is your mood effected by what is in your house? Does clutter make you depressed?

  • Clutter makes us feel guilty. We associate a clean house with success. When our homes are stuffed to the brim it creates feelings of embarrassment and guilt at our perceived failure.
  • Clutter is exhausting. It overwhelms our senses with things that are not important, forcing us to notice, notice, notice what is always around us. 
  • Clutter causes anxiety. Not only is it a constant distraction, but it reminds us that our work isn’t completed and makes us feel that we may never get it all done.
  • Clutter outside our bodies causes mental crowding. We need open spaces to maximize on our creativity and productivity.

Scientific studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the number of objects in the home and the stress levels and depression in the homeowners. It’s clear that it is time for a change! Junk King Austin has some tips to help you de-clutter and de-stress:

  1. Call in for backup. Get everyone on board, assigning areas to each person. 
  2. Avoid ‘storing’ items in visible spaces. Designate areas for frequently used items in hidden spaces like drawers and cabinets. Keep in mind that leaving things were you can see them will not reduce the visual stimuli that generates stress.
  3. Carefully consider the items you will keep. Do you really need it? Do you use it? If you haven’t used it in over a year, it’s probably safe to get rid of it.
  4. Foster new habits. Retrain yourself to put things away as soon as you’re done using them. If that seems a daunting task, start with your kitchen and your work space. Consistently leaving these areas clean and tidy will reduce your stress and will help you feel satisfied with the progress you’ve made.

As always, Junk King Austin is here to help. We haul away everything but hazardous waste, including boxes, items, furniture, and large appliances like refrigerators, hot tubs, and more. We can even go in and clean out entire areas for you, such as rooms, garages, closets, sheds, and businesses. Give us a call or book online today to take charge of your home and reduce your stress.

Cleaning a House For Sale

Cleaning a house in preparation for selling it is a necessary part of the sales process. A home that is dirty or cluttered will seem small and overcrowded. Junk-King Austin has some tips for those preparing a house to go on the market.

  • Start in the storage spaces of the house – the basement, garage, and attic. These areas can oftentimes be improved quickly and the momentum gained from those spaces can help you move through the rest of the house.
  • If you are a Realtor with a house that needs to be cleaned out, Junk-King Austin offers you a 10% discount on our already low prices!
  • The dining room, kitchen, living room, and bathrooms are the areas that receive the most attention from potential buyers. Make sure to focus heavily on those rooms.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms are the spaces where lack of cleaning and care is most obvious. Be careful when cleaning these rooms, making sure none of the cleaners are too harsh or abrasive for the surfaces.
  • When cleaning, always move from top to bottom and from left to right. This method increases the chances of noticing dirt that is often missed.
  • Make sure to clean the walls, especially if painting is not in the budget.
  • Focus on mold and mildew, attacking affected areas with bleach.

If you need help cleaning a house for sale by getting rid of clutter, unwanted furniture, or large appliances, Junk-King Austin will save you time and effort. Give us a call or book online today!

 

4 Reasons To Stage Your Home

Staging your home is a great way to gain an advantage in the real estate market. Real estate agents can attest that staged homes often sell quicker and receive a better price. A powerful tool, staging your home inspires positive feelings of ‘home’ and comfort that prompt the potential buyer to imagine themselves occupying the same space. Here are four benefits to staging your home:

1) Appeal
As the seller, you are at ease in the home you are familiar with; the buyer is not. Houses are a big investment and buyers need to see your home at its best.

2) Comfort
Moving is a lot of work and most buyers are interested in purchasing a home that does not require more. Taking care of repairs, updating the appearance, and staging your home offer a disarming charm that comforts potential buyers.

3) Perception
Regardless of the specs, the first impression the buyers get will be based on the look and feel of your home. Staging your home gives the impression of value.

4) Distinction
Staging your home will create an emotional response from the buyer. Playing on the buyer’s emotions is an excellent way to impress upon them the distinction between your house and any others they have toured.

Moving can be stressful. Junk King Austin can help cut down on your stress by eliminating unnecessary items such as clutter, leftover building materials, unneeded or broken appliances, and more. Give us a call or book online to simplify your life today.

To learn more about staging your home, read the book Stageology: How to Stage to Sell by Megan Morris or visit her website ProfessionalStaging.com