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One time house cleaning

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I came to realize a simple truth: when it comes to house cleaning there are many people out there like me.
 
I keep my home as in order as I can. A friend of mine was amazed that I only filled up one 13-gallon garbage bag of trash every 10 days. I keep my house relatively clean because in part I don’t let relatives come over very often. Things are kept in order because as a self-employed person I need to find things when I need them. Perhaps most importantly, I am not a messy person.
 
But the reality is that there are times when my home needs a good cleaning from top to bottom. I don’t need nor want a maid service because there really isn’t enough for them to clean up even on a weekly basis, so while having them come in seems necessary – it’s not. What I discovered is necessary is for a quality, professional cleaning service to come in and give the place a thorough cleaning.
 
The first time you realize the one time cleaning is necessary is the traditional spring cleaning ritual. Friends and neighbors, especially those with children, are talking about how to spend the next few weekends cleaning out garages and basements of artifacts accumulated during the winter. But even if you are a neatnik, you will see why seasonal cleaning is a must. Spring is that time of the year when birds and bees find time to mate, and they don’t care where they find the place to do it. So a one-time cleaning to eliminate any potential resting or nesting places is common sense.
 
It helps to know what kinds of services a reputable cleaning service offers so you can find out which services best suit your needs, and which companies have the best reputation to deliver on their promises. Here is where you actually need to speak to the company personally because there are so many cleaning needs that can be easily overlooked. Consider this short list of possible oversights that many cleaning services will clean for you:
 

  • Your gas or electric oven – We are talking about pizzas, but only you know what you put in there.
  • Your microwave – It is easy to miss what grows on top of the inside
  • The laundry room – One would think that the place where there is mostly soap and water would not require much cleaning, but only the cleaning service knows for sure
  • The refrigerator – Do we really have to put this one on the list? Yes!

If you have a home or apartment that has hardwood floors, the reason is because the look so great and are much easier to keep clean than carpeted floors. But regardless of the quality or material of the hardwood floor, it needs to be kept clean to prevent scratches and to get the maximum service life from it. A seasonal cleaning is just what the floor doctor ordered and let you focus on your work and leisure time.
 
Tile floors, whether they are in the bathroom or the kitchen can be a source of built up dirt, especially those with intricate tile designs. Whether the tile color is light or dark, some of the dirt cannot be seen and requires more than just a mop and a bucket. When you consider that much of your personal hygiene is done in the bathroom, it makes good sense to have the tile thoroughly cleaned several times during the year.
 
Whether you have leather or fabric covers for your furniture, they need to be cleaned professionally to get the maximum use from them. Many people wait until they become unsightly or a major spill occurs that requires a call to a cleaning services company. But like your personal clothing, having it cleaned periodically helps it last longer and adds to the appearance of your home.
 
You may only need to have your house thoroughly cleaned once a year. The question you have to ask is whether you have the skills, tools, and know how to do it all yourself. If you factor in the time it will take from your weekly routine, you will discover you are better off using a one-time cleaning service to do the job for you. If you are not convinced, take a few minutes to make a checklist of all the areas in your house, from top to bottom, that need to be cleaned. In order for your HVAC system to run at maximum efficiency, which will save you money, a clean air environment is necessary. That means eliminating as much dust in your living environment as possible.
 
Calling in a cleaning service for a one time cleaning of your home is an investment of both your time and your money. You will save on both because the cost of having a clean, well-maintained home is significantly less than paying for higher energy bills during the year or for an exterminator to rid your house of pesky insects. Calling a cleaning service for a one time cleaning is the only way you will know what services are available, and which ones meet your specific needs. And you are likely to find out there are many people just like you who are in need of a good, quality house cleaning.

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Five DIY cleaning solutions


“Living on a budget”: can mean different things to different people. For some, it means financial discipline, while for others it means finding a way to pay the bills and make ends meet. But whatever category you put yourself in, almost everyone agrees that having a clean house or apartment is essential for healthy and happy living. Finding the best and cheapest cleaning solutions is a point everyone can agree on. Price is also a consideration since everyone likes to have more money in their pocket. Here we will take a look at five of the best cleaning solutions for your home or apartment.
 
You don’t have to be an environmentalist to like the idea of all-natural cleaning solutions. This is not about products that advertise themselves as “all-natural” or “eco-friendly” but products that are commonly found in your home and in many cases are very low priced. Some of the solutions have been tried and tested for years, so you can be sure of their effectiveness and safety. Also, there are many different surfaces you have to deal with, everything from kitchen counters to shower walls. It generally is not a good idea to take a one-size-fits-all approach to cleaning.

The Bathroom

The bathroom should always be the cleanest room in the house. This is the place that the majority of your personal hygiene takes place and the place where germs and bacteria can accumulate quickly. If someone asks why there is a fungus among us, the answer is usually in the bathroom. To treat the inside of the toilet bowl, put about one-half cup of baking soda into the bowl, followed by a one-quarter cup of vinegar. Once the fizzing starts you can scrub away the dirt. Vinegar is the best solution for tubs and showers. Simply create a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar, then wipe or gently scrub as needed.

The Kitchen

Cleaning cooking surfaces and countertops is not always the same as disinfecting them. Once again, the 50-50 solution of vinegar and water is the simple, easy way to get the job done. But a word of caution needs to be made here. If you have a kitchen countertop made of stone or marble, the acid level of vinegar is high enough to potentially damage the surface. The first step you need to take is to read the care instructions for your countertop or call the manufacturer for cleaning instructions. Sometimes the surfaces are coated, allowing you to use the cheapest cleaning solution. For cooking surfaces such as wooden cutting boards, lemon juice or an actual lemon will do the job. For microwave ovens, vinegar once again saves the day. Pour a small amount into a cup, turn on the microwave for 2 – 3 minutes, then wipe the interior walls with a soft cloth.

Your Windows

Having clean windows does more than just make your home more attractive. In the winter, clean windows can actually save you money by naturally heating your home through sunlight. The solution is a 4 – 1 water to vinegar mixture that you can use as much as you need. Some people recommend using a sponge or soft cloth, but old timers swear by an old fashioned newspaper (if you can find one). This cleaning solution is also great for mirrors around the house.

Varnished Wood

There are still carpenters among us who make their own furniture and prefer the varnished look. But care must be taken to preserve the look and protect the wood underneath. A simple and natural home cleaning solution is to mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and 1 quart of water in a large spray bottle. Shake, spray, and then wipe with a soft cloth.

Non-wood Floors

Floor made of tile, linoleum, and other non-wood materials can be washed using vinegar using a 2 – 1 mixture of vinegar and warm water. The biggest benefit for this cleaning solution is that no rinsing is required!
 
If it seems that you should have an ample supply of vinegar in your home for cleaning purposes, you are right. Vinegar has acidic qualities about it that make it very useful for almost anywhere in the house. Yet it mixes well with water and oils, making it a great foundation for all types of household cleaning. Some of these solutions require what many people call “essential oils” that should be in almost everyone’s home, mainly for cooking. A few mentioned in this article are olive and lemon. Both are relatively inexpensive, and combined with vinegar, give you a variety of natural cleaning solutions for every room in your home or apartment. We started you with five, now find the best of the rest!

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How To Clean Light Fixtures

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When it comes to cleaning the light fixtures in your home, there are so many of us who will keep putting it off as long as we can before accomplishing this chore.  It is a very time-consuming task, and it isn't the easiest chore since most of the light fixtures in your home are out of reach.  However, even though it is a frustrating household chore, it is one that has to be done no matter what the excuse might be.  Once you have finally cleaned your light fixtures, you can notice an enormous difference with the lighting in the room.  The room is brighter since the light can shine through the light fixture, without any of the dirt and dust blocking its rays.  So, when it comes to cleaning your light fixtures, there are several different tips that you can use to be able to keep up with the cleanliness of them each week. 

Simple Cleaning 

It seems as if light fixtures have a built-in magnet to dust and dirt, and no matter how frustrating this is, there is no way to change it.  Therefore, if you take the time to do some light dusting once or twice a week, then you won't have to worry about a significant amount, of this dust and dirt build-up, from corroding and covering your light fixtures.  There are several different types of extendable dusters that you can find at the store, and this makes it easier to do this dusting every week.  Using a regular dry cloth works as well, and it helps to prevent any serious amount of dust and dirt building up on the fixtures, making your cleaning easier. 

Deeper Cleaning

Many individuals have glass covers that are covering the light within their home.  If this is the case for you, then removing the glass from the light itself is the best way to clean them.  Remove the glass as safely as you can, and once you have accomplished this, then you will want to be sure and dump out any dirt or dead bugs that are residing within the glass cover.  Soak the glass cover in some warm soapy water, and then you can simply wipe away the dirt and dust, and then rinse it off.  When you replace the cover back over the light, be sure that you do so safely and take your time putting it back correctly.  

Light Bulbs 

It is important to remember that when you are cleaning your light fixtures, it is beneficial for you to clean the light bulbs as well.  The dirt and dust will build up on the light bulb just like it does the fixture, and it is just as important to clean it off.  As you are waiting for the glass cover to soak, or if it doesn't have a glass cover, you can then gently wipe down the light bulb with a rag and then replace it back into the slot and cover it again.  
 
In conclusion, it is important to be sure that you keep your light fixtures properly cleaned each week, and this will prevent any serious build up of dirt or dust from forming on them.  If you are looking to avoid having to clean your light fixtures deeply, then it is prudent that you take the time each week to wipe them down.  This will keep the light fixtures free of so much dust and makes it easier to clean when you are looking to deep clean them (see our cleaning services). 

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Coffee Maker Cleaning Tips

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Having the right coffee maker in your home can make all the difference between a pleasant morning and one that you would rather forget, especially if you happen to love coffee. In fact, a lot of people go out of their way to try different types and flavors of coffee in their never-ending quest to find that special blend that tastes just right. If you happen to be one of these individuals, you might be interested to know some tips for effectively cleaning your coffee maker. Doing so on a regular basis will not only make your coffee taste much better, but it will also help preserve the life of the coffee maker itself. That, in turn, can save you a lot of money in the long run because you probably won't be required to go out and buy a new one nearly as often.

Everyday Cleaning

There is a better than average chance that you already take the time to wash and rinse out the carafe after each use thoroughly. This minimizes the residue that can sometimes collect on these types of surfaces, especially if you drink strong coffee. But while you are cleaning that carafe don't forget to remove the coffee grounds from the filter area and then use a damp rag to clean that area as well. 

A lot of people have a tendency to forget this part, as they think that having the filter in place will prevent any of this residue from collecting.  In reality, this residue collects just the same, and over an extended period, it can cause your coffee to taste strange. If it gets severe enough, it can even cause some of the residue to get into your coffee or even block the filter area all together so that it is essentially impossible for water to be pumped through the coffee grounds to make coffee in the first place.

Cleaning The Coffee Maker Itself

As far as cleaning the machine itself goes, you can do it one of two ways. There are commercial products that are available, which you can purchase in virtually any supermarket or discount store. They are designed to be utilized in the cleaning of the machine. Typically, this is a liquid that is poured into the tank just as you would pour water into it to make coffee. You then have to turn the machine on and allow it to pump through. Most products require that you do this once or twice each time you clean the machine. Make sure that you also run at least one or two full cycles of fresh water through the machine after you have used these products to ensure that there is no chemical residue left over. Your other option is to utilize vinegar. It cleans the machine just as effectively as the commercial cleaning products, but it doesn't require the use of harsh chemicals to do so. Simply pour the vinegar into the tank, turn the machine on and allow it to brew just as it would at any other time. After the coffee machine has cooled, run water through it a couple of times (just like you would when making coffee). Your coffee maker is now ready for use. 

Typically, you should be sure to clean your coffee maker about once a month, but we at Out of Sight Cleaning recommend that with hard water you do it more frequently,  as this can make it hard for the pump to function correctly.

If you clean your coffee maker regularly and you follow these tips, you can have coffee that tastes great whenever you want it. The best part is that it gives you a better chance to keep the coffee maker you love and not have to buy a new one.  Otherwise, you could find yourself being forced to replace it every few months. 

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How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

If you are like most people, you like to make sure that everything in your house is clean on a regular basis. This includes things like the kitchen cabinets. The question is, how do you clean kitchen cabinets effectively and what should you be using to accomplish this goal? This might seem like a job that is too tough to tackle at first, but fortunately, it isn't that difficult at all. What you need to get the job done is a little elbow grease and a couple of good cleaning products.

First Things First

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The first thing you need to do is decide if you want to clean only the exterior of the kitchen cabinets or if you would prefer to clean both the exterior and interior at the same time. If you decide to do the latter, you can save yourself some time by removing all of the dishes from those kitchen cabinets and setting them aside, so you don't end up getting cleaner on them. Next, take a damp cloth and simply wipe out the interior of the cabinets, being sure to allow the cabinets to dry completely before replacing the dishes. Once you get this task accomplished, you are ready to clean the exterior of the cabinets without having to worry about cleaning the interior or accidentally contaminating your dishes, which would naturally force you to wash them all before you could restock them.

Cleaning The Exterior

Chances are, the exterior of the kitchen cabinets will require a little more effort than simply using a damp rag. What you want to do is be sure that you are getting all of the oils from your skin, as well as debris from cooking and everything else, off of the cabinets. This involves using a cleaner that is designed for exactly this type of thing. You can choose to utilize a good wood polish if your cabinets are varnished or if they are natural wood but you need to utilize a wood cleanser first. If your cabinets are painted, you will still have to clean them, but there won't be any need to use some polish on them after the fact. Make sure that you are utilizing a cleanser that is designed to be used on kitchen cabinets like the ones you have. In other words, don't use a cleanser that is not designed for painted surfaces if your cabinets have been painted. By the same token, use caution not to utilize an everyday cleanser on varnished or natural wood, as it could do harm to the wood itself. Once you know which product to use, simply follow the directions on that particular product and you can enjoy clean kitchen cabinets after just a few hours worth of work.

Conclusion

When it comes to house cleaning, the kitchen cabinets are something that often gets overlooked. They are not typically included in your everyday touch-ups or even your weekly cleaning projects. However, you should take care to ensure that you clean your kitchen cabinets at least annually. Most people prefer to do it a couple of times a year to keep them in good shape and prevent too much build-up from forming on them. As long as you follow these simple steps, you should be able to get them clean without having any trouble. You should even be able to do it in a relatively short amount of time. 

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Get Rid of Grease and Dirt With Oven Cleaning Tips

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Ever wondered why pests such as roaches find your oven to be a great home? For starters, it might be the nook and crannies that provide places to hide and breed. While it may happen as a result of the above, the reason why pests inhabit your oven is that of food particles and grease. Leaving the situation as described above is definitely unhealthy. One thing you need to remember is that pests do carry disease-causing pathogens. If they inhabit your oven, be sure they will scurry over your dishes and kitchen surface looking for food. Want to prevent this? Start maintaining high standards of hygiene by engaging in oven cleaning.
 
Here are oven cleaning tips you need to incorporate and keep your kitchen pest free:

Start by formulating home oven cleaning products

Cleaning an oven is one of the most time-consuming chore every homeowner dreads. Yes, you have just finished baking an apple pie, a few brownies or a cake. You are tired and all you want to do is lie down and take a nap. Once your nap is done, you pour yourself a glass of milk and munch on a few brownies and cookies. While doing so, your mind is trying hard to remind you about the mess in the oven but you are trying to subconsciously bury the thought.
 
To make your work easier, start by making your own oven cleaning products. Why? Not only will you save money but you will get to use allergy-free elements which are great for those with sensitive skin. This does not mean that commercial cleaning products are bad but chemicals used in their formulation could be harmful to the user especially when they come into contact with the skin.
 
One of the simplest home cleaning products is a mixture of a bicarbonate soda/baking soda and a few tablespoons of warm water. By letting the solution sit overnight on the oven rack, the grease and other dirt will lift and become easy to remove. Add white vinegar in the morning to ensure better results.

Safety first

One thing every homeowner seems to forget is safety especially when it comes to oven cleaning. First and foremost, make sure the oven is powered down and if necessary, unplug from the wall socket. You need to ensure the oven has cooled down before cleaning. The skin is sensitive and some of the agents used during cleaning may be corrosive. To prevent damage to your hands and fingernails, it’s wise to ensure protection. For starters, when working with chemicals, ensure proper ventilation. The only way to do so is by opening the windows. Make sure that your children are occupied with art and craft supplies. They should either be playing around the backyard or coloring in the study room.
 
For your safety, wear protective clothing. Rubber gloves help to protect your hands. Don’t forget a mask for your face. It eliminates the chances of you breathing in any fumes. You need to avoid the heating elements. Cleaning the elements will result in damage preventing your oven from working normally. Once you are done the cleaning, always leave the oven door open for a few hours. Not only will this allow proper drying but will ensure all fumes are removed.

Use the right techniques

For best results, you have to incorporate the right techniques. Start by removing the shelves. Scrap any food residue with a blunt tool to prevent chipping the paint from the racks. Remember the home made solution you prepared earlier, this is where it comes in handy. Using a sponge, apply the solution on the bottom, sides and door panel. Avoid the heating elements and door seals. If you opt for a commercial cleaning product, follow the instructions provided.
 
Leave the cleaning solution to sit for 30 minutes or an hour. This will allow the dirt and grease to loosen making cleaning to be easier. Furthermore, it eliminates the need of scrubbing or using a lot of effort. After the hour has elapsed, take a medium bristled brush, scrub the sides, bottom and door panel. Always pay attention to problematic areas. Once you are done, wipe off any excess cleaning solution with a microfiber cloth. Rinse the cloth several times to avoid spreading the dirt on the cleaning surfaces. You can also use crumpled newspapers.

Never use the self-cleaning system

Today, modern ovens are engineered with a self cleaning feature which is advertised as the best way to remove grease and other stains. One thing you need to know is that the feature uses extreme heat in order to remove the grease and grime. This will result in temperatures rising to 1000 degrees F finally causing damage to the elements and fuses. As a result, you will end up incurring more expenses in terms of replacing your oven and repairing other electrical components.

Final Thoughts

Now that you have the best oven cleaning tips at hand, you can begin eliminating the grease and grime from your oven. Not only will this ensure your oven stays clean ready for another baking session but it will keep away pests such as roaches. If you opt for commercial cleaning products, buy those that come packed in a spray bottle. Furthermore, they should be fume free.

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Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites

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Dust mites cause allergies and you need to get rid of them now, right? Well, getting rid of dust mites from your home isn’t that easy. Apart from the fact that you cannot see them, they also adapt very well to the humidity and warmth found in homes. They also breed fast and if you happen to have pets in your home, then they become carriers as well as hosts for dust mites.
 
Dust mites in their lifetime produce waste that is over 200 times of its own body weight. That is not good news for us because our bodies are allergic to their waste. It causes itching, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and coughing. Finally, the allergies cause you to experience poor sleep because you find yourself waking several times during the night. To honest, you can never eliminate them from your home. However, you can take several steps to keep their numbers at a minimum.

Tips for Getting Rid of Dust Mites

1. Wash Bedding

Warm and moist bedding are one of the best habitats because of the dead skins we shed while in bed. The dust mites find these dead skin flakes to be a great source of nutrition. The good news is that dust mites do not like it when you expose them to dry air, high temperatures, or low temperatures. Machine-washing bed sheets at 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit is a great way to do that. Next, if you got a tumble dryer, you can spin-cycle them until they are fully dry. If you do that on a weekly basis, you will have dealt the dust mites a major blow.

2. Anti-Allergy Mattresses and Covers

Most experts estimate that a mattress on average is home to over 10,000 mites and in extreme cases, over a million. Irrespective of the exact figure, you can be sure even the cleanest mattress will have some dust mites has these tiny monsters. It's just not possible to keep a regular mattress free of dust mites. However, there are measures that you can take to make sure your body is not exposed to their decaying body matter and feces.
 
That is where a hypoallergenic mattress or anti-allergen mattress comes in handy. The hypoallergenic mattress is designed to kill the dust mites that come to live in it. The more affordable ant-allergen covers create a barrier between you and the mattress. They prevent your body's dead skin flakes and sweat from getting into the mattress. That starves the dust mites and keeps them from breeding excessively. It also helps act as a barrier separating your body from the dust mites in the mattress.

3. Don't Make Your Bed

Did you know that making your bed in the morning aids the dust mites to survive? Well, I guess that's good news to those of us who do not like to make our beds in the morning. Leaving the bedding as they are when you wake up allows the moist air that was trapped inside and in the fabric to escape.  Since dust mites absorb their water from the air, it means forcing them to live in dry bed sheets dehydrates them fast. They will either migrate to more moist environs or die.

4. Don't Use Feather Pillows and Duvets

Feather pillows are comfortable and that is why we easily rest our heads on them for eight straight hours. Unfortunately, they are not easy to wash, the dust mites love the comfortable, and moist environment the feathers provide. To have a greater control on the dust mites, we need to invest in a hypoallergenic pillow. The same goes for a feather duvet. It's comfortable for you and the mites. If you want to give the dust mites a hard time and make their number plummet, you need to get rid of the feather duvets.  Replace them with hypoallergenic duvets that are inhabitable to dust mites.

5. Cleaning Carpet or Using Hard Flooring

Carpets are one of the biggest breeding grounds for dust mites. Apart from the fact that they are mostly warm and dump, they are also full of pet dander and dead skin, which is food for the dust mites. The solution to minimizing the presence of dust mites in carpets is to vacuum it regularly. Do it at least every two weeks and use HEPA, (High-Efficiency Particulate Arresting) Vacuum filters to protect you. The HEPA are not 100% effective against dust mites but they can help to protect you. The other alternative is to use sprays and treatment to kill the dust mites periodically.
 
If you want to eliminate dust mites, you should consider using hard flooring. Dust mites hate the feel of the cold hard floor because it is both dry and cold. They have nowhere to hide and cleaning the guard flooring even with a mop soaked in detergent is enough them. Dump the mite invested carpets and replace them with hard flooring in the trash and you will have rid your floors of dust mites.

6. Control Humidity and Temperature

Something you need to know about dust mites is that they enjoy living in places whose temperature range between 24°C to 27°C (75°F to 80°F) with a relative humidity of 70% to 80%. If you subject them to anything outside of that, they may not die but they will be forced to look for another comfort zone.
 
In that regard, you can try to keep your home temperature to about 70°F (21°C), which is normal for humans. Unfortunately, for dust mites, that is a little bit cold. You will save money as well as keep the dust mite population low. Next, you need to keep the humidity of your home to less than 50%. Dust mites love it when it gets closer to about 70%. Use an electronic humidity monitor and use a dehumidifier or air-conditioning units to bring humidity levels down to 50% relative humidity.

7. Pets

Pets are the biggest culprits when it comes to spreading dust mites. They lie on the carpets, jump onto seats and run into your bedroom. It can be difficult to control dust mites even with through cleaning if you cannot control the pets. Make sure you wash the pets regularly and keep them away from the bedroom. Train them to keep off seats, especially the dogs. If possible, make a kernel for them to sleep in the garage.

Conclusion

Overall, dust mites can be controlled if you keep the carpet clean. You can get professional carpet cleaners to do the job for you. To make the whole dust mite control campaign successful, do it all at once. Clean the bedding, carpets, pets, and curtains. If you believe the infestation was massive, get rid of soft furnishings and cushions. That will allow you to get a head start. Otherwise, one item can easily transfer the dust mites to the rest, more so if you have pets at home. We hope this article has been informative and you now know what to do.

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