Q-tips in my tool box

Home Stager with Stage-Show-Sell

Stage-Show-Sell.LLC has many tools boxes.   One for electrical, one for staging, one for hanging art work and of course one for cleaning.

q-tips The q-tip, along with toothbrushes,  has become indispensable in the cleaning tool kit.


One of the last staging jobs that we worked on had flies.  Lots of flies everyday.

The owners daughter said that they have been in the house for the past 10 years.

We all know that we all see flies dirt and uncleanliness.  The house wasn't dirty.  It did need a once over yes but it wasn't dirty.


My crew took q-tips to the window tracks and sliders.  We then vacumned them all.  The windows were cleaned and then a bug and spider spray was applied to all.

It's been three weeks and there is not a fly (dead or alive) around.

Flies like to lay their eggs in the window sills and when the sun hits them, even on cold winter days, they will hatch.

Not a fun subject but and extremely important one.



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Stage-Show-Sell, offers affordable home staging solutions in the Birmingham - Bloomfield and surrounding areas in getting your home ready for the market. We service both home sellers and realtors. We have the experience, our own rental furniture and accessories to stage many homes. We specialize in Estate work. The house can be put into our hands for the whole process of getting the house on the market


Comments (14)

Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

The training given by Barb Schwarz is quoted as saying to clean to "Q tip" clean.

The Q tip is handy for cleaning crevices of appliances or sinks. Also toothpicks help route  dirt out of tough places.

Nov 27, 2009 02:58 PM
Linda DeRusha
Coldwell Banker Advantage - Garner, NC
Broker/Realtor, ABR,ASP,CDPE


Thanks for the post--good info about q-tips. They definitely come in handy.

have a great day--linda

Nov 27, 2009 02:59 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Virginia,  Thanks for sharing the information about Q-tips and about flies.

Nov 27, 2009 03:07 PM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Virgina, That was very interesting about flies. We don't see many of them here in Souther Cal. Maybe because it is so dry. A very interesting thought and the cure surely did make sense. As for tooth brushes, they are great for detailing and cleaning tile grout. I suggested this last week as I went through a home with a seller that we will list after the holidays. I told here it needed to be spotless and detaled and showed her the tedious tasks that a tooth brush can handle. She said she didn't have any old ones and should she buy some. You can guess my answer.

Nov 27, 2009 03:13 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

What a great service you gave this home-Great job and great post. I always learn from you!

Nov 27, 2009 04:28 PM
Monica Stanciu
Staged 2 Sell Solutions Inc. - Markham, ON
Staged 2 Sell Solutions, Markham, ON

Thanks for the tip for Q-tip:), Virginia!

I should go and get my tool box updated.

As the tooth brush was brought up in William's comment, here is a tip for covering the nail holes: white toothpaste. Works like a charm.

Nov 27, 2009 10:37 PM
Patty Hill, BIC
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc

Virginia,  Q- tip clean is best! Thanks for sharing.

Nov 28, 2009 08:17 AM
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Thank you Virginia. These are also great for nail holes in the wall. One little glob of paint on the end of the Q-Tip and the hole is gone!

Nov 28, 2009 11:29 AM
Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Glad the flies were gone by the time I got there:)  Great post!

Nov 28, 2009 10:17 PM
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

What a great "tip" (sorry I could not resist) .

Nov 28, 2009 11:17 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Thanks all for commenting.   I wondered if "flies" would bring any interest to AR members

Wanda, I loved the play on words.

Marianne, I do my best to have them cleaned and sanitary for you :-)

Nov 29, 2009 02:43 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager



Sounds like a bit of work...but I am sure glad it worked out and the flies are gone!

Nov 30, 2009 04:00 PM
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

That was funny Wanda...Q-tip clean...literally!

Never thought of stagers as exterminators...You Rock!

Feb 02, 2010 09:00 PM
Robin North
Dramatic Spaces Home Staging and Design - Cambridge, ON

I never knew that about flies - thanks for sharing!

Mar 27, 2010 12:40 PM