Reader Question – How Do I Clean My Carpet?

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Q:  What are the best methods for cleaning my carpet so that it lasts a long time?

A:  Thanks for your question! This is a great inquiry because it’s one of the most discussed topics during consultations. The key to stellar maintenance of a carpeted floor is consistently caring for it on a set schedule. All too frequently people wait until there is a problem before they give carpet special attention. But those problems can typically be avoided if you tend to it regularly, and in doing so you’ll also get to enjoy it at its best on a daily basis. Here are the 4 key steps to keeping carpet in tip-top shape:

  • Vacuum frequently. This tip might sound obvious, but people typically get lazy about vacuuming after their initial excitement about the new floor has settled into familiarity. It’s critical to the life span of the carpet however because excessive debris that’s not removed consistently will dig its way into the deeper layers of the carpet and then be very hard to extract with a vacuum. How often should you vacuum? Very high traffic areas could be vacuumed daily and it wouldn’t be overdoing it. Moderate use areas should be vacuumed twice per week, and minimal use areas should be vacuumed twice per month.
  • Do scheduled maintenance. Also known as interim maintenance, this process is a surface level cleaning that is primarily intended to improve the appearance of the carpet.  It removes soil and rejuvenates the loft of the carpet. If you’re not sure how to do it, ask us because this is a very important second step to carpet care if you want the carpet to reach its life expectancy.
  • Deep clean. This refers to the standard process of cleaning the carpet thoroughly by way of steam cleaning or hot water extraction. This is an imperative part of care process because it’s the only method by which the most ground in dirt and debris can be removed. It also refreshes the carpet by helping to eliminate odors and stains that are set into the fibers. Always hire a professional for carpet cleaning in order to protect your carpet.
  • Spot removal. Remember the cardinal rule – spot and stain removal needs to happen immediately if possible! Allowing a stain to set and dry gives it the opportunity to saturate the fibers while wet and lock them in as it dries. Ask us about the best cleaning solution to use and how to spot treat the carpet.  This site is also a great resource for stains and spills. 

Does our answer to this question provide the information you were seeking? If not, leave us a comment and let us know what else you’d like us to share!

Fun Activities for Summer

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You don’t have to go on vacation to have fun during the summer. There are plenty of daytime and nighttime activities you can do with your family to make the most of the season. Consider doing some things right in your own city!

Find a drive-in movie theater or outdoor movie and take the whole family. You can sit in the car, bring lawn chairs or use an outdoor blanket for a picnic feeling. Pack your own snacks and relax under the stars. Many cities show movies at local parks every weekend during the summer – browse the internet for outdoor movie experiences near you.

Book a boat tour! If you live near a body of water, chances are there are daily boat trips you can take. You could go sailing or try out a kayak. There are rental companies that rent kayaks and canoes daily.

Fly a kite. This is a great activity to do with children, or relax and fly solo. Kites are typically welcome at the beach or in a park. Just make sure there is wind and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. When not in use, try hanging the kite on the wall as a bonus decoration!

Camp out in your backyard under the stars. Make your own fire or use a fire pit if allowed or use a hibachi grill. Enjoy cooking hotdogs and s’mores over an open flame!

Rent a convertible for a day or two. There is no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than in a convertible. Set out to tour the city you live in or have fun driving to different locations. Take a local scenic route and drive at your leisure.

Pick berries and other produce at a local farm. This is a fun way to buy produce! It sure beats selecting fruit from the grocery store. If you have kids, take them and allow them to hunt for the best fruit. Many farms sell fresh homemade ice cream and other treats to eat after picking produce. Make it a fun summer outing.

Find out what your city has to offer and make the most of the summer season!

Smart Ways to Get Rid of Clothes After You Do a Closet Purge

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Sure, we’ve all donated clothes at some point, or had a garage sale and parted ways with old garments for a few bucks. If you’ve recently cleaned out your closet you might have discovered that many of the items you no longer want still have a lot of life left in them. Perhaps you even paid a lot of money for them and you can’t stand the thought of them ending up in a garage sale box. If so, consider these great suggestions.

Donate

“Old-reliables” such as Goodwill and ARC are always a great place to start. But there are some more specific organizations out there that would find women’s clothing especially beneficial. Look for career development organizations that empower underprivileged women to find stable, well paying jobs. They need career wear to help these women look their best on interviews and at work.

If you have beautiful gowns or dresses hanging around, look for organizations that serve underprivileged teens who have hopes of attending formal dances in high schools. Even if the dress isn’t the exact style they have in mind, it might be a great starting piece that can be reinvented at the hand of a crafty seamstress who donates her time.

You should also consider women’s shelter in general. They often provide haven for women and children who had to flee without the opportunity to bring along personal belongings. If you’re not sure where to find these organizations try online resources such as Charity Watch or Charity Navigator. Not only will you feel great about taking the time to find someone truly deserving, you can also keep a record and report them as a write off at tax time!

Host a fabulous swap party at your home or a local restaurant

The only imperative part of this is that you give everyone plenty of notice. Think about how much work it is to clean out your closet! Your guest will need enough time to get their closet purge project done before attending your party. Other than that, this is a super easy and fun way to de-clutter your closet. Simply invite everyone and serve a few goodies and beverages. Devise a basic system for the trade process and let the fun begin!

Party for the Fourth!

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Fourth of July is right around the corner and while the invitations may have already gone out for your Fourth of July party, now comes the planning. It may not be the most enjoyable part of throwing your party but if you plan ahead in a few strategic ways you will be able to remove most of the stress that comes with hosting a party.

 The first thing to tackle is the food. Plan on providing a few of the main dishes, such as barbecue or hamburgers and hotdogs. Grab the meat and buns and condiments necessary for this and then let your guests know that it will be potluck style. Ask each guest to bring one thing, such as side salads, potato salad, deviled eggs, chips, baked beans, and the like. This will take a significant amount of preparation off of your table and allow you to devote your time to all other aspects of the party.

Next you will want to think about decor. There are great ideas to find online if you want to craft for your party but it never hurts either to raid the dollar store for some red, white, and blue napkins, plates and small decorations. Don’t go too overboard with it though, otherwise it can come across as a bit over the top. Keep it tasteful, and be sure to string up some lights if you haven’t already for ambient lighting. 

Finally, prepare the entertainment for the night. Purchase a couple of rounds of sparklers for everyone to light up in celebration of the holiday. Create several playlists for your guests to enjoy in the background ahead of time so that when the day comes you aren’t having to scramble back to your phone whenever a song comes on that isn’t appropriate for the occasion. You can also grab a few lawn games for your guests to enjoy, such as bocce ball or corn hole. These games are a sure hit.

Now that you’re prepared for your Fourth of July party, let yourself enjoy it. The preparation you’ve done will allow you to sit back and relax with your guests as we celebrate the day of our country’s independence.

8 Creative Ways To Use Your Fireplace During Warm Months

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If you’re fortunate enough to have real, working fireplace in your home we say bravo! They are rare occurrences in newly built homes. But many older homes feature traditional fireplaces and wood burning stoves. During cold months the fireplace is often the central gathering point in the home, but once it goes defunct in the warmer months it seems like an out-of-place element that distracts from the harmony of a room. Rather than let it sit empty and looking a bit forlorn, we suggest trying a creative way to use it as an architectural feature. If you want to get especially creative with it, try more than one of these ideas at different times. For example, try #1 during Spring and Fall, and try #8 in the months between!

  1. Multi tier expanse of pillar candles
  2. For a special event arrange dozens of symmetrically aligned tea light candles
  3. A large, ornate flower arrangement that fills the majority of the space, both laterally and vertically
  4. Install a temporary curtain rod and hang a pretty curtain to cover the opening; opt for a solid color which will then serve as a backdrop for anything you’d like to set in front of it
  5. Using the wood that will go unused until it’s time to light fires again, create an interesting sculptural formation; refer to the game Jenga for inspiration
  6. A focal point piece of artwork on an easel
  7. Print a favorite photo on a stretch canvas frame that is slightly larger than the opening of the fireplace, then simply set it in front of the opening
  8. If you have a glass walled wood burning fireplace insert a tray the size of the base and plant a terrarium – when it’s time to use the fireplace again you can easily slide it out and display it elsewhere

Join Us At NeoCon

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Join us at NeoCon today!  

This is the commercial interior industry’s most important event!  The best new ideas and products come together with all the right people — an amazing gathering!

NeoCon will be held June 15-17 in Chicago.  Come see us at booth 7-8094.  

For more information, visit our site or learn more about NeoCon.

 

 

35 Things To Add To Your Porch

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Have you ever arrived at someone’s home and found the porch so beautiful that you didn’t even want to go inside? Some people have just the right touch for a creating an outdoor living space that makes you say WOW! In many cases this is a professional interior designer so if you have access to one, make good use of their advice. If you’re doing the job on your own, though, we have one main point of advice. Layer and accessorize the same as you would inside your house. Treat the porch like a room and it will be awesome! Here’s our huge list of 35 items that you can add to the porch.  Have fun!

  1. Rocking chairs
  2. Topiaries
  3. America Flag
  4. Ceiling Fan
  5. Drapes or sheers
  6. Flowering pots
  7. Couch and/or loveseat designed for outdoor use
  8. Hanging baskets of flowers
  9. Porch swing / Couch swing
  10. Hanging chairs
  11. Throw pillows
  12. Lanterns
  13. Decorative stools
  14. Bench with seating cushion
  15. Outdoor area rug
  16. Paint the ceiling if it’s covered
  17. Blue tooth sound system
  18. Coffee table
  19. Side tables
  20. Tray and serving set
  21. Fire pit
  22. Grill
  23. Baker’s rack
  24. Smoker
  25. Table and chairs for dining
  26. String lights
  27. Rope lights
  28. Roll down sun shade
  29. Border of natural mosquito and bug repelling herbs and flowers
  30. Large box with lid for delivery man to leave packages when you’re not home
  31. Dog kennel or crate so Fido can take a rest while guests dine
  32. Decorative magazine holder
  33. Coat stand with rain gear and protective head wear
  34. Shelf for outdoor shoes so they stay outdoors
  35. Extra flashlight in case you get locked out of your house at night

Man Cave Ideas For Father’s Day

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He’s been asking, and asking, and asking for that man cave. Truly they are daunting spaces since the décor can vary so widely from the rest of the home. But, if you’re ready to relent, go about it the smart way and buy him things that he’ll love. If you choose the stuff but he loves it, the man cave can come about as being lovely! Here are our top suggestions for Father’s Day:

  • If he’s a gamer, old school stand-up video games. Think Pac-Man and Donkey Kong!
  • If he’s a musician, a small wooden stage on which he and his buddies can jam.
  • If he’s sports fan, have his favorite players’ jerseys professionally framed.
  • If he’s a golfer, a really large screen and a golf video game so he can practice his swing.
  • If he’s into comics, such as Batman, think Gotham City and hang a gothic style chandelier.
  • If he’s into hunting, a very well designed decorative gun rack.
  • If he’s into kayaking, a hang handmade one upside down from the ceiling.
  • If he’s into hockey use pucks to create a wall border, rather than wallpaper.
  • If he’s into watching multiple games at a time (something many men love) hang more than one TV. He will have no complaint when he can watch three or four events at once.

Get the idea? There are so many ways to put a huge smile on his face while preventing him from covering an entire wall in baseball cards! The more unique the idea, the cooler the man cave. If you’re on a budget, allow him to install the items himself. Put a big bow on everything and leave it in the center of the room. He’ll have the time of his life putting it all up himself. When he’s done he’ll also have HUGE bragging rights!