TOLL FREE (877) 983-2899 info@majorshomeimprovement.com May 2010

In this Issue:

Throw Open the Windows

Green Tip of the Month

Overhaul Your Garage

Ask Mike

Monthly Trivia Challenge

Majors Home Improvement

6433 Old Hwy 90
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-2899

We Welcome Our New Friends into the Majors Home Improvement Family

We believe in treating all of our customers like family, just ask any of our longtime customers.

We are excited to welcome each of our first time Majors Home Improvement customers. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope to see you again very soon. Here are just a few of the new members of the family.

- Gary Thornton of Gulf Breeze
- Tom & Yvonne Abker of Orange Beach
- Bill & Gail Helm of Pace
Julian Olsen of Gulf Breeze

Thank you and welcome to everyone who recently joined our Majors Home Improvement family… we couldn't do it without YOU!

Would You like to Have the Nicest Home in the Neighborhood?

Your family deserves to live in a beautiful home. Let us help you upgrade your home to the home of your dreams. Here are just a few ways we can help:

- Replacement Windows
- Hurricane Shutters
- Sunrooms & Enclosures
- Screenrooms & Patio Covers
- Awnings
Entry Doors

Click here to request an appointment!


Famous Quote


“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


Many of our customers “find” us as a result of word of mouth. This simple, yet gracious, act by our customers has allowed us to be successful. For this generosity, we offer our gratitude and a token of our appreciation through our Referral Reward Program!

Click here to email a referral to us : )

Major's Trivia Challenge

Several stories are passed around to show how the month of May was named. The most widely accepted explanation is that it was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring. Her name related to a Latin word that means what?

A: Growth B: Marriage
C: Gold D: Prosperity

The first correct answer emailed in will be this month's winner of 2 Movie Passes!

Click here to email your trivia answer

Last Issue's Trivia Answer

The term ‘hay fever’ is a misnomer. It’s not caused by hay, nor is it a fever. What brand name does Schering use to market the antihistamine loratadine to help combat the symptoms of hay fever?

A: Claritin

Throw Open the Windows — Summertime is Nearly Here

2Oftentimes overlooked during yearly maintenance, window screens need regular cleaning and care. Experts recommend removing and cleaning window screens every year for maximum performance in the home.

Window screens are generally made of fiberglass or aluminum mesh and require proper maintenance to allow for maximum airflow into the home and prevent insects from getting in the house.

Cleaning Tips
To clean window screens, remove the screens from the window frame, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the screens on a flat surface (such as the driveway) and use mild soap and water with a soft bristle brush to remove dirt and grime. Clean both sides of the screen and around the interior and exterior of the frame. Rinse off the unit with lukewarm water. Allow the screen to dry completely before replacing in the window.

Never pressure wash screens or windows because the force of the water may damage the units. Use extreme care when cleaning aluminum mesh, since it can be dented or creased if too much. pressure is placed on the screen.

Maintaining Your Screens
While most window screens may remain in the windows year-round, some homeowners prefer to store screens during winter months. If you choose to remove your window screens, make certain to store them either in an upright or flat position. Covering them with plastic or a sheet will keep them clean while in storage. And, make sure nothing sits on top of (or leans against) the screens to eliminate the chance of bending of the frames or poking a hole in the screens.

If a small hole or tear does occur in your screen, patch kits are available in most hardware and home stores. Homeowners unhappy with the look of a patch (or who have a large gash in their screen) may choose to get the screen mesh replaced on the entire unit. Many cities have screen repair services where you can take your screen frame and have new mesh added to replace torn mesh.

Screens and Safety
Screens are not meant for animals or children to lean up against. Screens can be damaged or pop out if a child or animal pushes against them with enough force. Never consider a screen a safety feature in the home … they’re available only to allow in the flow of air, not to restrict anything of force. Another safety tip for the home is not to place cribs or furniture directly under a window. Children can climb and push out on the screens when the windows are open, resulting in a potential fall.

Window screens are terrific for ventilating the house and keeping insects outside, but that’s all they’re intended to do. Maintain their screens regularly and make sure to keep the bottom sash of windows closed when children and pets are around to prevent potential problems.


Wash your car on the grass -
This can help to break down impurities and prevent the water from entering storm water drains and winding up in local waterways. Some chemicals in car wash detergents are nutrients for algae; this can add to algae bloom and eutrophication problems.


Q – Hi Mike, Can you recommend a way to remove streaks from my stainless appliances?

- Patricia Greene

A – Many people are surprised to find that stainless steel can be stained. Cleaning stainless steel can sometimes seem tricky, but it is a very resilient surface. When problems happen, it is best to start with the basics.

Baking soda mixed with liquid dish soap can make a good paste to gently rub on stains. If the stains still remain you can try vinegar. Remember to thoroughly rinse and towel dry. If stains still remain try a stainless steel cleaner and polisher.

Barkeeper's Friend is a good powder that can clean without scratching. Be sure to follow the directions, rinse thoroughly, and towel dry. These methods should help remove the discolorations.

Got a Question? Ask Mike! Simply click here "Ask Mike." Please be sure to include your name and phone number in case additional information is required to answer your question.

It’s Time to Overhaul Your Garage

2Now that it’s spring time and you probably have more outdoor activities - or at least chores - have you noticed your garage has some how turned in to a room sized junk drawer? Don’t fret – it happens. After years of accumulation and “convenience” storage, a garage area can be overwhelmingly cluttered. There’s no time better than now to look in to over-hauling the garage and giving it a sense of purpose again!

Clean Out the Clutter
You need to take care of the clutter first. Decide what truly needs to be kept then have a yard sale, or donate items that can still be used. Then make that trip to the dump to unload the last of it.

Create Space
Now you can get a better idea of ways to maximize what space you have and even develop a plan to expand. You might want to start by hiring a contractor to build winsome shelving and a usable work space. The shelves will help keep things off the floor and a work space will keep your tools, crafts, etc. organized in a specific area. You may have an idea of what you’d like and a professional eye can lend some pointers and help make it a reality.

Don’t forget about the entrance to the house from the garage. Sometimes these entry ways are neglected and look a little worse for the wear. Think about having a new door installed with a fresh coat of paint. If there’s room, add a little bench area where people can sit to take off muddy shoes or set groceries. It will do wonders for the appearance.

With a little work on your part and the right contractor, you can have that garage back in shape. Who knows – you may even be able to get a car in there!

Thank You for Your Kind Words...

"It's such a blessing to know that there are still people in this world such as yourself."

Thanks again for the new windows and hurricane shutters. My house is more energy efficient, and I feel more comfortable in my house than ever before!

Sarah Riley

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