If you’re anything like me, you will not make a purchase without buying the extended warranty along with it. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car, laptop, or Yonanas kitchen gadget, it always has the extended warranty in my house. Unfortunately it’s come to my attention after speaking with Style Network and HGTV lifestyle expert Kelly Edwards that even though I spend the money to cover repairs, I don’t spend to prevent them. Are you guilty of this too? Kelly joined me recently to discuss simple ways you can prevent disasters in the kitchen, how to protect your car’s windshield for winter, tips for installing new carpet and more!
Candace Rose: With fall upon us, what can we do to protect our homes from wear and tear this season?
Kelly Edwards: “Well, this is what I have to say – obviously you certainly want to do those little projects in your home that increase the value or maintain its value at least. And they’re not always projects that the man of the house can do, but I’d say the handy woman of the house can do, because I think it’s really important for the women to kind of get down and dirty and do the projects at home themselves.
Now one area of the home they can certainly focus on is the kitchen. The kitchen is the hub of the house, it’s where everyone gathers and of course it’s where it gets the most wear and tear. One area of the kitchen that gets the most wear and tear that people don’t always think about is your countertops. So you really want to be sure you protect that granite, that marble and that natural stone from stains because if it gets damaged it’s going to cost you a lot of money in the future. What you want to do is you want to seal your countertops. Now the idea with sealing your countertops is you want to do a test first, so what you want to do is drop a drop of water onto the countertop. Now if it does not bubble up then that means it’s time to seal your countertops, so you want to get a great sealer. The one I have with me here is the DuPont Granite and Marble Countertop sealer. It’s great, you just spray it on, you wipe it off and then it really does protect it and it’ll save you thousands of dollars in the future from having to replace those countertops if they get stained.”
Candace Rose: What are some other projects those of us who are beginners can proudly accomplish?
Kelly Edwards: “You can stick with the kitchen. Obviously with being a handy woman in the kitchen means not only having the proper tools but one of those things is having the proper cookware. The one that I love, that I brought with me and I’d like to recommend is the Premium Professional Dishwasher Safe cookware by Farberware. I love this because it features the DuPont Teflon Professional non stick coating with metal guard, which ultimately means the food won’t stick to it so it’s going to save you a ton of time cleaning all those pots and pans. It really comes with everything you’re going to need including the saute pan. It comes with different sized pots, different sized lids and of course you can use your metal utensils because in a lot of cookware you can’t, but with this you actually can. So these are two great things in your kitchen to have.”
Candace Rose: How about when it comes to outdoor projects?
Kelly Edwards: “So if you’re going to the outdoors, and going to the outside, there’s certainly winterizing. Winter is coming of course and you need to winterize your vehicles. One of the things that you can do is change your wiper blades, which is important. The one I have here is the TRICO wiper blade, and this again comes in a variety of different sizes. It has the Teflon Surface Protector which is great, and this has a longer blade life, as well as helps eliminate the snow and the ice from getting onto your car and decreasing that visibility. This is a project for your car that you should certainly do for the outside.
And then one last project for the inside that maybe a handy woman might not do herself, but she’ll certainly call a professional for is to install new carpeting, and a lot of us like to install new carpeting before the holidays. Now the thing with this is when you do a full carpet install, you’re also going to install a carpet pad underneath. And it’s really smart to do your homework here because the better the carpet pad is going to keep your carpeting newer longer. So choose this one (see video above), this one is the Memory Foam Carpet Pad with Teflon Surface protector. I like it for two reasons, it comes with a breathable moisture barrier which ultimately means that any spills that get on the surface can be cleaned up pretty easily, as well as any mold and mildew from physically getting underneath the carpet pad. These are all just really simple and easy things that a man can do in the home, but also the handy woman can do to kind of protect it.”
Candace Rose: That’s great to hear! Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Kelly Edwards: “You can actually get all the product information on Teflon.com/FallPromos. So you can go there to get all the nitty gritty on all these products.”
Candace Rose: Where can viewers go to get more information on you, Kelly?
Kelly Edwards: “They can go to KellyEdwardsInc.com.”