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How To Remove Barbeque Sauce From Carpet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Carpet

We hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend full of fireworks, friends, family and barbeque! Just in case some barbequing accidentally got out of hand, we’d like to share some hints on how to properly remove barbeque sauce from your carpet. We hope you find this information useful!

Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution 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.

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. CRI – 1-800-882-8846.

Three Things to Consider Before Choosing Modern Flooring

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Carpet, Ceramic / Porcelain Tile, Hardwood and Laminate

If you are mesmerized, or just plain confused, by all of the flooring choices available for modern homes, you might be ready to give up and just pick something out of frustration. Before you do, consider a few things that can narrow your choices down considerably.

What is your lifestyle?
If you have children or pets, you’ll definitely want to think about the activities that go on in your household on a daily basis. However well behaved they may be, children are prone to accidents. Whether it is spilling a glass of juice or falling on an untied shoe string, the flooring you choose matters. Dogs are also prone to slipping and sliding when they run or maneuver around corners.

Modern décor is infamous for its sleek appearance and along with that, so is the flooring in many homes. Slick flooring materials such as high-shine marble tile and finely finished hardwoods are very often not suitable for a family home, where children need to be comfortable and safe. Instead you might choose a modern style hardwood floor with a matte sealant finish or a textured ceramic tile for better grip.

What is your preference?
Consider your comfort level with differing materials. If you like to hop out of bed and feel the plush softness of a thick carpet underfoot, then you might want to have one of the luxurious modern carpets installed in the bedrooms. There are also many beautiful modern patterned carpets available for the rest of the home.

If you love the look of a sleek floor, you’ll want to take a look at marble or one of the slick ceramics on the market. Rugs add interest and offer comfort in areas where you might want a little more comfort or padding like in the kitchen or bathroom where you might be standing quite a bit.

What is your budget?
You may love the look of real hardwood or slate flooring, but your budget just won’t allow for it. There are plenty of choices in laminate wood flooring and ceramic tile which mimic their costlier look-a-likes. If you know your budget before shopping, then you can go directly to the flooring you can afford and not be swamped by even more choices. Especially ones that don’t fit within your means at the moment.