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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Stains: Five Step Carpet Stain Removal

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and whether you revel in the holiday or not, chocolate is bound to end up in your house. What doesn’t go in your belly, can end up dropped, stomped and melted into carpet. Here’s a five-step guide to expertly removing those sweet, unwelcome stains.

Step 1: If the chocolate began as a solid and is slightly melted into the carpet, gently break up any solidified chocolate with a rounded spoon and vacuum any remaining residue. If the chocolate is liquid, gently blot up using a dry, white absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Step 2: Choose your cleaning solution. A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Be very careful when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Or, you can easily make your own cleaner! Here are two good options:

Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of lukewarm water.

Or, mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. (Do not use a stronger concentration!)

Step 3: Apply a small amount of solution to a white rag and gently apply to the stain, working inward to avoid spreading. Let solution sit on the stain for a few minutes.

Step 4: Gently blot (do not rub or scrub as this can ruin the pile of the carpet!) and if the chocolate transfers to the rag, you’ll know it’s working. If it does not transfer to the cloth, try a different cleaning solution. Continue these steps until the stain is removed. Patience is key! You may need to repeat applying solution and blotting several times.

Step 5: Rinse all solution from stain with lukewarm water (misting with a spray bottle is ideal) and remove all moisture with a dry rag. Do this several times to ensure all solution is removed. This step is important because future dirt will stick to any remaining solution, only resulting in further staining!

If your stain is proving to be stubborn, consult a professional. Most importantly, don’t let that stain spoil those loving feelings for the most important people in your life.

For more information on cleaning carpet and rug stains, visit the Carpet and Rug Institute Website. They are a wealth of information.

Do you have any favorite carpet cleaning tips? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Using Partitions

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Tips

In the past twenty years contractors have gotten better at building homes with open floor plans. This is much better than having smaller rooms clustered together (as older homes seem to have). Sometimes a good amount of that space becomes unutilized. There is a simple solution to help with this problem. Have no fear partitions are here! There are so many types of partitions to choose from.  

Fabric partitions are great for breaking up a large room. This solution looks best on a flat ceiling. Panels are suspended from hardware (much resembling curtain rods). The hardware is installed on the ceiling. The fabric panels can either be fastened to the floor or simply hang. The hanging fabric panels usually will have a rod sewn into the seam at the bottom. This gives the panel weight and allows it to hang straight.

If you like keeping your doors and windows open when the weather is nice, opt for the panels that attach to the floor. These panels come in all types of fabrics. The selection is endless. This type of partition is great for architecturally breaking up a room or space. The length and width can be various sizes, so you can really customize your look.

Furniture partitions are great for providing a little nook of privacy. This type of partition is generally referred to as a “Screen”. Typically they do not expand more than a couple of feet. Screens can transform a corner of a large room into a smaller reading area in minutes. Complete the look with an arm chair, accent table and a lamp.

Get a little creative and pair house plants with dividers. Partitions do not have to stand alone. They can work well with other supporting pieces. Don’t be afraid to do a little mixing and matching. 

Selecting the Perfect Area Rug

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Area rugs are powerful interior accents. They can transform a room. Use a rug if you need to add warmth to a space since some spaces can feel rather cold. For example, tile and stone can actually cool a room. Add an area rug to add instant warmth and comfort to any room. Rugs can also help to protect your beautiful floors. But how do you decide what type of rug to buy? Consider the following to narrow your search.

Take into account what is on the walls. If you have a patterned wall paper, you will want to select a simple rug. It is probably not the best idea to select a busy patterned rug when there is already a pattern on the wall. In this case choose a solid color, or if you want more depth you can pick a textured weave that is made out of several different colors of yarn.

Area rugs can be beautiful works of art. If you want to showcase your rug then try not to cover it up. Select glass top accent tables that will allow a clear view of the beautiful rug. For a more formal rug, find one with decorative edges. For example tassels are normally found on traditional rugs.

The size of the rug depends on the size of the space, and what will be sitting on top of it. For a dining room table, there should be at least two inches sticking out from the chairs when they are pulled out. The same goes for upholstery such as sofas and chairs.

Acceptable arrangements include the front legs of furniture on the rug, while the back legs rest on the floor (if the furniture backs up to a wall) as well as centering the rug in a seating area without any of the furnishings resting on the rug. When determining the size, consider the shape and proportion of the furnishings on or around where the rug will be placed.

If you have questions about the size, shape or color of rug that is right for your home, stop by one of our locations or fill out a form and we will contact you!  We look forward to helping you with your decision.

Which Do You Prefer?

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7 Creative Winter Wedding Engagement Photo Ideas

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Winter weddings often require slightly more planning than weddings that take place in warmer weather. For example, you have to plan for the theme far in advance to ensure all aspects of the wedding reflect the winter theme. Engagement photos often have the longest lead time so you might want to start with those at the top of your to-do list. Try one of the seven ideas that will wow everyone on your mailing list, and create a wonderful memory in the process!

  1. Stake skis and poles into the snow in a nice arrangement. Sit in the snow between them.
  2. Wear a fairy princess dress with a fur stole and an elaborate crown. Dress your groom in an elegant suit. Take the photos in a rustic, snowy location so that your glamour stands out against the simplicity of the rustic background.
  3. Dress in warm comfy clothes in colors that match. Have an actual snowball fight while the photographer snaps photos of it. When the snowball fight is over lie down in the snow and make snow angels together.
  4. Decorate an outdoor Christmas tree. Find a location with a pretty pine tree and winter surroundings. Try traditional decorations such as popcorn garland. Bring along some wrapped presents to place at the base of the tree. Use wrapping paper that coordinates with the colors of your wedding. It might be a good idea to wear clothes in those colors as well. Include a ladder with the props because it will add interesting options for posing.
  5. Wear a cable knit sweater with a plaid flannel scarf and jeans. Have the groom wear a flannel shirt and jeans. Find a natural colored background in a place in the woods. Take along mistletoe and have your groom hold it over your heads while you hold hands and kiss.
  6. If you winter wedding will be in the mountains try engagement photos captured on a ski lift. Dress in formal wear so it’s clear that it’s an unusual photo of a bride and groom. Ride the lift several times and while the photographer captures the moment, keep the photos interesting by talking, looking out at scenery, kidding, laughing, and so on.
  7. In a snowy mountainous area build a fire. Take along comfy camping chairs and the ingredients for s’mores. Wear fashionable winter gear that includes your wedding colors. Enjoy the fire and each other’s company while the photographer capture photos of you spending time and making s’mores.

Fun Ornament Crafts Your Kids Will Love

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Christmas

Creating ornaments is an activity that kids love to take part in. They really enjoy feeling involved with decorating the house and tree for Christmas. Ornaments can be easy to make and look great too! Find out how to make fun and easy, craft ornaments that will personalize your family’s Christmas tree.

Icicles can be made with metallic pipe cleaners and beads. Silver or blue metallic pipe cleaners work best. The color of the pipe cleaner is important for the ornament to look like a sparkling icicle.

You can use whatever type of beads you like, as long as they have a hole big enough to allow the pipe cleaner through. Let your kids select the beads they want to use and slide them onto the pipe cleaner. Make sure they leave some space between the beads, to ensure that the pipe cleaner can be malleable. Once the beads have been applied, wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil. Then remove and slightly pull either end to stretch the icicle out. This will create a spiral icicle ornament that will shine and sparkle once it is hung on the Christmas tree.

 The string lights will make the metallic pipe cleaner sparkle! You can simply curl the top of the icicle to hook over the tree branch. No hooks required! Your kids will love hanging their icicle ornaments just as much as they liked making them!

Ribbon tree ornaments are super easy. First let your child select a small straight stick that they would like as the trunk of the tree. Next you will need various types of ribbon. Let your kids decide which ribbon they want to use. . Cut the ribbons for your children. Next allow your child to tie the ribbon onto the branch. Make sure they tie it into a simple knot. If your child does not know how to tie a knot yet, help them with this part. This activity is a great way to learn and experiment with patterns. Once they have applied all the ribbon to the branch, trim the ribbon down and cut at an angle so the ribbon will be tapered from shorter to longer, creating a tree shape!

Giving for Christmas

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Christmas is almost here and what better way to celebrate the season than to spend time with your family doing something different, something that will teach your kids the important lessons of the season. We all get swept up in the mayhem that is the holidays but it is important to take a step back and remember the real meaning of this special time of year.

 

While you are about to receive a multitude of gifts as families all share presents on Christmas morning, think about those less fortunate than your family. You’ll have to make room for the new things you’re about to receive anyway, so why not go through your closet, have your children go through their toys, and look around in your kitchen. Find items that you no longer use anymore, and gather them together to donate to your local Good Will or equivalent. This not only teaches your child the importance of kindness, but also gives them a tangible accomplishment to look back on down the road and remember how good it felt to give what they don’t need to someone who might need it more.

 

Another way to share with your children the spirit of Christmas is to create fun activities they can work on with you. They could make collages, poems, stories or songs that demonstrate the things they are most thankful for in their lives. Encourage them to include what makes the holiday so special to them and try coaxing out the more important things, such as thankfulness and giving. Then have them show them off to you and your family. This positive reinforcement will show them the importance of what they’ve created and given thanks for.

 

This time of year there are many out there less fortunate, who cannot afford food and will likely go hungry on Christmas without the help of others. Try finding a soup shelter in your area, or a church or charity that collects food baskets for those who cannot afford to feed their families. Doing this with your child will show them how Christmas isn’t just about getting presents on Christmas morning. It will also show them the importance of giving back to others.

 

These are just a few ways to share the important social lessons that can be lost amidst the glitz and glamour of Christmas. It’s easy to forget what the holiday is really about when your busy decorating your house and gathering presents for your family. Showing your kids what the holiday season is really about is the best gift you can give them.