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How to Keep Your Carpets Looking Like New When Life Happens.

Categories: Blog, Homeowner Tips | Posted: July 30, 2019

Sure, your brand-new carpets look fantastic when you move into your new home! But, how do you keep them that way when you really live in your new home? Even if your carpet looks clean from across the room, think about everything that might eventually be lurking underneath. The mud your kids tracked in from the backyard this weekend. The glass of wine your aunt spilled last Thanksgiving. Not to mention whatever’s on the bottom of your pet’s feet!

If you have kids or pets or a particularly messy significant other (not pointing fingers!), learning how to clean your carpets properly is a must. You can certainly shell out the money to rent a steam cleaner or shampooer every few months, but that gets expensive not to mention unrealistic — you definitely want your carpets to look like new forever, but life happens.

Keep your carpets looking just like the day you move in by following our tips for squeaky-clean floors – no steamer required.

  1. Tackle Stains the Right Way, Right Away

We all know you can’t stop spills from happening – they’re just a fact of life. But there are things you can do to prevent stains from settling deep into the fibers of your carpets. It may seem obvious, but it’s best to tackle a stain right away. Don’t leave it until it’s dry. Take care of those stains right away – and do it the right way.

  1. Blot, don’t rub!

Blot stains with a cleaning solution or water using a clean cloth or sponge. Apply minimal pressure to soak up the stain, but not so much you rub it into the carpet. Professionals will also recommend blotting from the outside in, to prevent spreading the stain around.

  1. Take it to the Club

It’s not just a myth. Club soda really can lift out wine and beer stains, as long as you use it properly. Looking back at tip #1, add club soda to a clean cloth or paper towel and gently blot the stain. Remember to blot slowly and deliberately, taking care not to rub or press too hard.

Alternately, you can spray a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water on the stain. Let it soak in for 10-15 minutes, then press a clean towel or sponge to the area to soak it up. Repeat as needed until the stain is gone. Be sure to rinse the area with water afterward if you don’t want to smell vinegar for a few hours.

  1. Detergent – not just for dishes

Grease stains are notoriously difficult to remove. But a little trick is to turn to the substance you use to remove grease every day – dishwashing detergent! In a cup, dilute a few drops of dishwashing detergent in a cup of water. Then, put it in a spray bottle or soak a towel in it, then blot using the method from tip #1. Repeat as needed until the stain vanishes!

  1. Blood on the floor? No problem.

Anyone who has gotten a small cut or bloody nose knows the fear of ruining a light-colored carpet. Even darker carpets show blood. Luckily, there’s a pretty easy solution to this.

First, scrape up any dried blood using a mixture of water and soap. Then, apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain and wait. It’ll start foaming – don’t worry, that’s normal. After letting it sit for a moment, dab it up with a clean cloth. Be sure to test the peroxide on an inconspicuous part of your carpet, as it could bleach darker rugs. Stick with our other solutions if you have dark carpet or are worried about this.

  1. The Deep-Clean Baking Soda Method

Here’s a method that lets you deep clean a carpet without needing to rent machinery. You’ll need a vacuum cleaner, baking soda, a clean towel, and a spray bottle. Ready?

First, give your entire carpet a thorough vacuuming. You want to get up all the dirt and dust clinging to your carpet fibers. Then, lightly but completely spray your carpet with warm water. You want it to be damp, but not soaked. Next, sprinkle baking soda across the wet carpet. Be sure to have an exit strategy, so you’re not stuck in a corner for hours!

Open your windows or turn on some fans to speed up the drying process. Once the carpet is fully dry, vacuum up the baking soda.

You can supplement any of these tips with a professional deep-cleaning by renting out equipment or hiring local cleaners. Generally, you should plan to clean your carpets every six months using method #6 or with a carpet steamer. Be sure to tackle stains as they come, and enjoy a squeaky clean floor!

What’s Your Home Aesthetic? 5 Hot Design Styles to Consider

Categories: Blog | Posted: July 9, 2019

Let’s be real. We all watch HGTV and start judging our own homes with the beautiful styles we see on TV. Maybe we don’t always agree with their choices (carpet in a kitchen??), but we all wish our homes could look so put together.

Bringing your home to HGTV level isn’t impossible. In fact, it’s easier than you think, especially if you’re starting in a new home. The trick is figuring out your home aesthetic – what style resonates most with you and your family? From there, you can start putting together rooms with pieces that fit the style!

Here’s a list of 5 design styles to help you get started. Which one fits you best?

Rustic

Are you looking to take a bit of country out to the city? Or are you interested in playing up your home’s rural setting? Then a rustic theme may be right for you.

You can achieve a rustic aesthetic by combining natural and industrial interior design elements. This style emphasizes natural finishes and raw wood, touches of stone or metal, and leather or other natural fabrics. Stick with neutral colors and tones, with just a pop of jewel tone accents to really make your home stand out.

Minimalist

Minimalism is an extremely popular and misunderstood aesthetic. For many people, they associate this style with bare walls and cold furniture. But they’ve got it all wrong.

When done right, this style is sleek and elegant without fuss or noise. Rooms are sparsely furnished but functional, without loud colors or distracting patterns. Think of a modern art gallery, where everything is in its perfect place. If you prefer understated, carefully curated furniture pieces with muted tones (and no clutter), this may be your ideal aesthetic.

Coastal

We’re getting deeper into themes with a coastal style, which uses beach house vibes and coastal elements. If your home is particularly open and sunny, this airy and light style may be the right fit. Coastal interior design uses an ocean-inspired color palette usually featuring whites, blues, and green.

Natural lighting plays a significant role in this theme, working nicely with those soft coastal colors. Here’s another style that uses natural wood, often weathered and unfinished, and stone. Think rocky beaches and driftwood. You can even lean into this one with a few nautical accent pieces here and there – just don’t overdo it or your friends might start calling you ‘Captain’!

Bohemian

Bright fabrics, bold patterns, eclectic furniture mix of different styles and ages – that’s how we’d describe the bohemian style. If you love interest pieces, funky and memorable pieces, and are looking for a way to highlight your uniqueness, this may be the style for you.

This style boasts interesting mixes of patterns, contrasting without clashing. Low-lying furniture is another hallmark of the style with low-backed sofas, short coffee tables, and plenty of floor seating. You want bright colors and no empty surfaces! Consider this to be the opposite of minimalism – show off your funky, unique pieces on your table, mantle, bookshelves, and walls.

Mid-Century Modern

Here’s another trendy style that has lasted for decades. Mid-century modern aesthetic takes elements of the ’50s, ’60s, and 70’s, then mixes them with a simple Scandinavian approach. Function over fashion is a great way to describe this style, but that doesn’t mean boring.

Mid-century modern interior design features straight silhouettes, quiet fabrics, and organic shapes. These furniture pieces are classic and straightforward, which is why this style has been around for a long time (and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere). There are vintage, retroelements along with sleek shapes that highlight their crafted simplicity. Here’s a great style if you’re looking for something timeless, charming, and unassuming.

So, okay. There are hundreds of interior design styles you could choose from – way more than the five we have listed here. However, these diverse aesthetics should get you thinking about what you value in a home. Are you looking to make a bold statement? Feel relaxed and breezy? Or maybe you’re looking for something that will last through the years.

Whatever your aesthetic, you’re sure to find a style to match. From there, start picking up pieces and focusing on the overall feel of each room. You’ll have an enviable home in no time!

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