How and When Should I Clean My Floor?

Cleaning your floor might sound as easy as just waiting for it to get dirty and then grabbing the vacuum, but that’s very far from the truth. How often you clean your floor and how you should clean it depends on the type of floor. We have a lot of ground to cover so let’s get right to it

Carpet

Carpet is the floor that can be the most work to take care of. And it’s one of the most necessary since a clean carpet is beautiful and a dirty one is, well, hideous.

How often you clean your floor depends on how much use your floor gets. So we broke it down into rare use, light use, and heavy use. We will use this metric for all our floor types.

Rare use – vacuum once every 2 weeks, deep clean every year or maybe once every 2 years

Light use – vacuum once a week, deep clean once a year

Heavy use – vacuum 2 – 7 times per week and deep clean twice a year.

Hardwood

Hardwood is a little easier to abuse, but regular maintenance is still crucial for longevity. For heavy use floors, you want to sweep and vacuum daily while mopping once or twice a week. As long as you do this regularly, your floors don’t need any extra cleaning. If you find that they start looking really dirty, they might need repair or a tune-up.  

Other Floors

The good news for most other floors is that they are very similar to hardwood, you just might want to make sure you’re more gentle with the sweeping and vacuums. This goes for cork floors, Cork floors should get a more “hands and knees” deep scrubbing about once a year and should be refurbished every 5-7 years or so. Same goes for bamboo flooring.

And that’s it! Vacuum or sweep once every 2 weeks for rare use, once or twice a week for light  use and every day for heavy use. Mop once or twice a week, deep scrub every few months and refurnish every few years. Obviously, please don’t mop a carpet ;).

5 Common Living Room Mistakes

One of the most important rooms to design right is the living room. Not only is it the most used room in the house, but it’s also usually the first, and longest, impression any guests will have on your home.

Most people are able to make their living rooms look very nice with what they have, but they make these key mistakes that ruin the aesthetics of a room.

That’s why we compiled 5 common living room design mistakes, to help you make the most of your living room.

Having the Wrong Sofa

The most common issue comes from the most important piece of furniture, the sofa. Many homeowners have an old, worn out sofa that brings down the entire room. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tie a room together when the centerpiece so beaten.

It’s worth investing in a sofa that’s timeless, simple, and high quality. You want something that will last you a long time, and more importantly, look fresh and new for as long as possible.

Not Mixing Different Styles

Your living room is not a hotel lobby. There is such thing as too much matching. While buying a whole set can look lovely, it will give your living room an artificial, more commercial look.

For home design, you want personality and authenticity. You want to make sure it expresses you and no one else. The way you do that is through your smaller items. Be sure to have lots of small decorations, different kinds of furniture, and a mix of modern and retro to balance out the room.

Not Properly Hanging Artwork

While artwork should be at eye level, there are exceptions that folks usually ignore. Anyone with a particularly tall wall might want their artwork hanging a little higher, or lower for shorter walls.

Ideally, your artwork should be about ¾ length of the wall from the floor.

Small Rug

Another common mistake is that living room rugs are almost always too small. You want a rug that really takes up a lot of space and can hold not only your coffee table, but your sofa and other furniture as well.

You want to avoid rugs smaller than 6 feet wide, aim for 8 or 10 feet.

Old Floor

Of course the floor is the most important part of any home. It’s literally keeps everything grounded. If your floor is old, fading, maybe out of fashion (looking at you 70’s carpet) or even rotting, then it might be worth investing in a new, more modern and timeless floor.

Not only can an old floor be a design hazard, it can be a physical one as well. Make sure your floors are in top shape, that there is no rotting or cracks, and that it fits with your living room perfectly.

3 Tips on Making Your Home Baby-Ready

Having a baby is a magical experience for any family. When you’re having your first child, you can never be completely prepared for everything that’s about to happen. You can read and read and read all sorts of blog posts and parenting books, but you will end up feeling unprepared no matter what.

But we can help you make raising a child much easier in your home. We compiled a few design tips to help you out as you organize your home to prepare for the new baby. So without further ado, here are 3 tips on making your home baby ready.

Don’t Focus All Your Energy on The Nursery

So the nursery is obviously pretty important. It’s where your baby’s going to sleep. But when you’re thinking about function, you realize that the baby is actually going to spend very little time in the nursery.

The baby will spend all its time with you. So you want to make sure that every room in the house has space for the baby to wander around, play, and lay down. This means maybe moving decorations out of the way and embracing a lot more open space.

Blankets, Rugs, Carpet

You want to avoid hard surfaces and make sure there’s always something soft so that the baby will not get in as much pain when (not if, when) they trip and fall. Babies are awkward mobile creatures and they need the freedom to explore their mobility and learn all these amazing things like how to crawl, walk, run, and climb.

Babies are all about moving around, so make it as easy for them to move and explore as you can.

Be Flexible

Every baby is different and that means your plans and organization methods are going to change. The last bit of advice we have for you is to be flexible and go with the flow. Be open ot changing things around so that you can focus on making your home environment as open to baby fun and exploration as possible.

Remember that your focus should always be on how to create the best environment for your child to grow, and to build space around that idea. Adjust your space to the baby, instead of acting like the baby will be added to the space.

How to Keep Your Carpet Clean

Nothing looks better than a fresh clean carpet. And nothing looks worse than an old, dirty one! So the big question on any carpet owner’s mind is, how do I keep my carpet looking fresh and clean for as long as possible?

We compiled a list of the best ways to keep your carpet clean. If you do these things, you’re guaranteed to drastically improve the life of your carpet and keep it looking and smelling clean for much much longer.

So without further ado, let’s jump into it with 4 ways to keep your carpet clean.

Ditch the Shoes

We know this is an inconvenience at first but please hear us out. There is nothing worse for your floor than your shoes. The outside floor is filthy and tracking dirt onto a new floor will cause its to deteriorate rapidly.

Shoes also have a much harder, more abrasive surface than slippers, and definitely more than bare feet. If you make it a habit to take your shoes off at the door and encourage guests to do so as well, you will immediately see how much easier it is to clean your floor and how much cleaner it looks.

Take Care of Stains Right Away

Stains are the curse of carpets, but they can be dealt with. If you want to keep your carpet looking fresh, any and all stains need to be handled as soon as possible. The longer it stays there, the deeper it will seep into that carpet. It won’t be long then until the stain is permanent.

Vacuum Often

You want to vacuum your carpet pretty regularly to keep it as dirt-free as possible. Just vacuuming a little bit every night will help keep your floors looking constantly fresh and clean. You can also add baking soda to the floor before you vacuum to help it smell better too.

Deep Clean at Least Twice a Year

Deep cleaning your carpet is part of regular maintenance. If you want it to last a while, you have to do it at least twice a year. It’s much better for you to schedule it in and prepare for it than to wait as long as you can before the carpet’s practically destroyed.

Having a carpet can be very nice for your home, but it requires maintenance. Be sure to put in the work necessary to keep it looking good. Not only will your home look nice, it will also keep the value of your home high.

How to Keep Furniture from Scratching Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors a beautiful luxury for your home. No other type of flooring can look as impressive as well done, high quality, and brand new hardwood floors. These floors last for a long time, but the cosmetic benefit of hardwood floors last only as long as you take care of it.

Hardwood floors scratch, some of them easily, and furniture can be the greatest enemy of a hardwood floor. So without further ado, here are three ways to keep furniture from scratching hardwood floors.

Add Felt Pads to Your Furniture

The majority of scratches to hardwood floors come from moving furniture. If your plan is to simply always lift furniture and never let the move even a little, then you’re going to get scratches, because all furniture eventually gets pushed around.

Your best bet is to buy a lot of felt pads, keep extras stored away, and put them underneath your furniture. That way, you can set it and forget it.

Avoid Rolling Chairs

Rolling chairs are one of the last pieces of childhood joy that we can cling on to keep us from drowning in the despair of adulthood. But it’s the enemy of hardwood floors. It’s like the furniture that you push a little every once in a while except all the time. Your floors will scratch sooner or later with a well used rolling chair.

However if you don’t want to get rid of your chair, there is one other solution.

Consider Area Rugs

Some form of rug is usually the answer to keeping your hardwood floors from scratching. The felt pads are basically mini-rugs to hide under the carpet, but you can also use area rugs to lower the risk of scratching, to hide scratches that are already there, and best of all, to use your rolling chair.

Hardwood floors are beautiful and deserve to be treated properly. Doing these three things can help tremendously in keeping your floor looking brand new.

4 Unique Floor Designs that Make Your Home Stand Out

One of the most fashionable trends in the flooring world is the desire to be unique and stand out. It’s a way to express yourself and your love of design in your living space while also adding a lot of personal and physical value to your home.

Here are some of the more unique designs that you can play with to make your home entirely you. These are not patterns you can copy anywhere else, but instead ways you can customize your flooring project to really take it to the next level.

Intricate Carpet Patterns

Carpets are making a comeback! And they’re coming back strong! But they’re also nothing like the carpets we used to know. Gone are the days where you have one single (and often unappealing) color. Now we have carefully designed patterns.

They often have some sort of light/dark contrast in the color and they can be either very complex, floral like designs or they can be simple geometric shapes. They can also be custom designed to have a frame around the walls.

Mixed Width and Color

If you’re going for hardwood, this is a wonderful way to play around with the variety of hardwood available. Usually households would opt for just one type of wood plank, but you can also mix and match them so that you have rows of different colors and different widths.

Mixed Herringbone

You can take it one step further and mix up the herringbone. It’s a bit harder to do the mixed width, but you can definitely play on color contrast with this mesmerizing and unique pattern.

Mixed Tile

Notice a trend here? Mixed tile is another way to go. It follows the same concept as mixed width and color planks for wood but instead with tile. This way you can play even more with deep color contrasts and get some more primary color play on your floor.

Conclusion

All of these patterns have the same core concepts in common that make them unique and fashionable. They all focus on contrast instead of blend, usually relying on some sort of light versus dark contrast with what are often regal colors (i.e blue and gold).  

 

The point is not to make sure everything matches but to create as much color contrast as possible. The uniformity is created by the minimalist patterns and shapes, and can be emphasized through the furniture.