Category Archives: How-To

How to: Cleaning Outdoor Furniture

From The Washington Post’s home and garden tip of the week, June 30, 2011

Cleaning Outdoor Furniture  by Megan Buerger

Plastic Furniture: Add a few drops of mild dishwashing soap to a small bucket of water. Dip a clean cloth into the bucket and wipe down the furniture until the dirt and mildew is gone.

Aluminum Furniture: Add a mild dishwashing soap to water and wipe down with a cloth. To get rid of scuff marks, use a damp cloth and a small amount of Soft Scrub, as abrasive cleaners and brushes could scratch. Also, it might be helpful to use a toothbrush when scrubbing out any creases or seams the furniture piece has. After you’ve rinsed it off, wipe the surface dry with a new cloth. Although aluminum furniture doesn’t rust, it can oxidize and take on a cloudy sheen.

Wicker Furniture: Add a mild oil-base soap, like Murphy Oil Soap, to a bucket of water and stir. Dip a soft scrubber brush into the bucket and gently scrub the furniture down. To save time, hose down every few weeks to prevent dirt buildup in crevices.

Wrought-Iron Furniture: Follow the same procedure as the plastic furniture. If the pieces still need work, they may need to be lightly sanded. Many manufacturers will include a touch-up paint kit with the furniture as well. For extra precaution, cover the pieces with plastic to protect it from the elements when you’re away from home.

Teak Furniture: Use a soft scrubber brush dampened with water and a mild oil based soap. Scrub until clean.

No-Fail Paint Tape: Lock in your edge

edge-lock painter's tape

Them's some sharp paint lines, there.

For your spring painting projects:

There’s a certain magic that goes along with 3M’s Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape. The magic is actually Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector technology developed by 3M. It’s designed to create a defensive barrier that paint cannot seep through and produces super sharp paint lines.

And we mean sharp.

Make sure you buy the right tape for your project with this paint tape selector.

Driving Small Screws In Tight Places

Driving screws without a magnetic screwdriver in tight places like under the counter can be a pain. We found a solution involving saran wrap. Prepare to be schooled.

Ladies’ Night: Makeover Madness

20% off your purchase during the event!


A Stand for Every Tree

Wondering what kind of tree stand to buy? There’s pretty much a model for any kind of tree. Here’s a down-and-dirty product line up to help you choose.

(Stands are available in all stores – call ahead to check stock.)

tree stand artificial

The Stand for Artifical Trees (9502147/$16.99)

tree stand resin

The Easy-to-Assemble Stand (9135997/$44.99)

The Swiveling Tree Stand w/ XL water reservoir (9186230/$49.99)

tree stand click fix

The Customer Fave Tree Stand (9158130/$59.99)

tree stand steel

The Heavy Duty Steel Tree Stand (9166448/$99.99)

tree stand genie XXL

The XXL Tree Stand (9106097/$99.99)

Forcing Bulbs & Fall Planting Sale

forcing bulbs

These make a purdy holiday gift.

For our Fall Planting Day at Glover Park Hardware on Saturday 9/25, we put together a handy how-to on forcing bulbs, which, by the way, make gorgeous holiday gifts.

If you can make it to Glover Park Hardware that day, we’ll also have:

  • 25% off all plants and seeds
  • 30% off pottery
  • Get a $50 gift card when you purchase a grill (any brand) over $249. (Gift card redeemable after 9/25.)
  • Free seed packets to the first 200 customers.
  • Buy 1 Get 1 Free Topsy Turvy products (already reduced 30%)
  • Coffee tastings from our Keurig single cup coffee maker

Last weekend to use your Back to School coupon!

Back-To-School Checklist

back to school checklist/ Carlos Porto photo

Hey ya’ll College & University Students in DC and Baltimore! You need some help with your dorm or apartment? We have everything you need and then some. Click here for our Back-To-School checklist with coupon to use at any of our 7 stores!

Brita Saves the Date

Brita water filter

Brita Filtration Systems: Not just for drinking anymore. 6063986 / $24.99

One morning last week, 5th Street Ace Hardware associate Jacqui, woke up to no water. Blame it on the heat wave. Blame it on DC. This wouldn’ t have been a total crisis for Jacqui (she’s a low maintenance gal and we love her for it), except there was this date she’d planned for the night. A first date. And second-day hair just won’t do, as she’s not only a hardware genius, she’s also a brilliant hair stylist. (Represent!)

What’s a girl to do?

Well, Jacqui sat for a moment and contemplated. Go second-day hair all the way. Bike to work and stick her head under the faucet in the employee bathroom. (Mmmm, no.) Thirst ensued over her deliberation, and she quickly remembered the FULL Brita water pitcher in her fridge. It would be cold water, but it would do. And after a few stifling 100+-degree days, what a relief.

With head over the bath and pitcher in hand, Jacqui’s shampoo technique was a study in water conservation that these guys would applaud:  Just enough to wet her hair. A nice lather. Another trickle to rinse (no conditioner) and still enough for tooth brushing.

Look at those shiny Brita locks!

Just another inventive Ace employee doing what she does.

Other ways to conserve water.

Products that can help:

  1. Low-flow shower head. (WaterPik’s EcoFlow, 4302915, $29.99)
  2. Outdoor irrigation systems w/timer. (Ace Electronic Water Timer, 7198476, $44.99)

Street Performances & Workshops 5/20

amanda from source theater

Amanda from Source Theatre will teach acting outside Logan Hardware 5/20 @ 7:30pm

Ever thought about taking an acting class? Stop  by Logan Hardware tomorrow at 7:30 pm for an impromptu acting workshop complete with readings with Amanda from Source Theatre. It’s part of MidCity’s May Third Thursday celebration, and it’s going to be a fun one. The store will also offer pet supplies at a 20% discount from 6-9 pm. A little bit of everything for the well-rounded urbanite!

We So Handy

During Snowmageddon 2010: Part I, we ran out of shovels. (You can’t blame us. When does DC Metro ever get more than 3 inches at a time?)  Our buyer, Robbie, hastily ordered more, and Jeremy, the manager at 5th Street Ace, decided to try his hand at making one himself. In between answering frantic phones and calming frenzied customers, he cobbled together a prototype that, we have to admit, is pretty awesome. We, of course, filmed the project and set it to music. It’s fun. It’s silly. And it’s a good indication of just how handy our staff is.

[Yes, we’re a little late getting this movie together (four months to be exact), but perfection takes time.]