Carpet dents happen, particularly when heavy furniture has been placed on top of the carpet in the same position over a long period of time. These dents are called divots and happen when the delicate fibers in the carpet have been compressed. While not noticeable if the furniture remains on top of the compressions, they will show up if you rearrange furniture. Rubbing or vacuuming them usually do not do enough on their own. Fortunately, there are some tricks you can try to get rid of them!
Grab some ice cubes from the freezer and give carpet dents the cold shoulder! Place a cube or multiple ice cubes on the dent, depending on the size. Let the ice melt into the carpet for a few hours. The water will engorge the nap of the carpet and bring the height back up to the height of the surrounding areas. Blot up the excess water with a sponge and use a spoon or quarter to lift up any carpet fibers that are still hanging downwards.
2. Use a Towel
For really deep dents, put a damp hand towel or dish cloth over it. Set an iron on medium heat or on the steam setting and run it over the carpet for about a minute. Be careful not to touch the iron directly to the carpet since this could cause burn marks. Once you are done, vacuum over the spot to fluff it up.
3. Blow Dry
Your blow dryer can add volume to your carpet, just like It can do for your hair. Use a handheld hair dryer to restore carpet fibers that are limp. Start by spraying the dented area with just enough water to saturate the carpet fibers. Use the hair dryer to blow dry the damp area, fluffing up the carpet fibers with your fingers as you work.
If one of these tips does not do the trick, try it in combination with a different one.
To prevent any future dents, try moving furniture often. Moving furniture a few inches in one direction or the other can prevent the deep dents that are difficult to remove from forming. Carpet is much more likely to bounce back if the furniture has only been in one spot for a few months. Using furniture disks or larger pieces of wood under the feet of your furniture can also spread the weight of the piece over a wider area, leading to fewer dents.
The Internet, family suggestions, and new product advertisements can make it hard to know the best way to care for your floors! Properly caring for your floors while protecting them from dangerous products is important for good upkeep!
Here are the Basics for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
1.Dust mop, vacuum, or sweep the entire floor.
Running a product like a Swiffer over your floors everyday can help keep dust, pet hair, and dirt at bay and is gentle on your floors.
2. Use a damp microfiber cloth or pad to wipe the floors clean. Damp is key, there is no need to use a sopping wet mop on hardwood floors and doing so can damage them!
3. If you choose to use a cleaner, spray it onto the cloth rather than the floor itself.
4.Clean the entire floor, rinsing the cleaning cloth often.
Regular dust mopping and sweeping will make it unnecessary to regularly use harsh cleaners on your flooring. If you do need to use a floor cleaning solution, one great product is Bona’s Hardwood Floor Cleaner. Don’t use a product that is considered professional grade, as they are meant to be applied under special circumstances by trained professionals with professional tools. Professional grade products may damage your floors.
Other popular remedies like a mixture of vinegar and water can eventually damage the finish of your hardwood floors since vinegar is very acidic. This will necessitate your entire floor being sanded and refinished to fix the damage.
Waxes and polishes do not adhere well to the polyurethane coating which was used to seal your hardwood floors. They may initially make your floors shiny, but the product will build up over time, leaving you with a sticky residue on your flooring that traps dirt. This is another product that may cause you to need to refinish your flooring to undo the damage.
Get professional help if you have damaged flooring or if you feel like your floors need more than a simple cleaning. Trained professionals can assess the problem and either properly clean the floors or sand and refinish them, restoring their initial luster and shine.
Fall is here and with it comes chilly mornings, warm afternoons and cold nights! It’s time to make some changes in your home for the colder weather ahead!
1.Have your furnace inspected by an HVAC technician.
A $100 inspection now could help identify problems that may cost a lot more if they aren’t fixed. It is great to identify problems before it is fully winter time too, the wait times for a qualified company to come check your unit increase significantly the longer you wait! Also stock up on furnace filters and plan to change once per month, set a reminder on your phone to help you remember to switch! A clean filter helps your unit runs effectively and minimizes dust particles in the air.
2. Check for drafts!
Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. Using a lighted candle (carefully) near windows or doors can help you identify a draft. If the candle flame flickers, there is most likely a draft! Having windows replaced is ideal but heavier or insulated drapery can help keep down chilly air flowing into the room.
3. Test your home safety devices
Test the batteries on your home safety devices such as your fire and Carbon monoxide detectors. Checking these devices at least once per month is recommended for the safety of your family.
4. Change Up Your Linens
Beds may need thicker blankets or quilts once the nights turn cold. Wash lighter summer blankets and store away for next year. Now is also an ideal time to wash all your mattress pads, duvets, and comforters before remaking the beds. Change out throw blankets on couches as well, swapping a lighter cotton blanket for heavy knitted, quilted, or fleece throws for added warmth when relaxing on the couch.
More time inside means clutter and dust will be more noticeable to you and your family. Give each room of your house a thorough dusting and vacuuming for a fresh start to the season. Clean your kitchen counters thoroughly to get ready for holiday baking and cooking.
6. Steam Clean Your Carpets!
A warm October afternoon is usually the perfect temperature for drying carpets fast! Use your own, rent a machine, or hire a company to come in and steam clean the carpets in your home. Steam cleaning carpets can remove deep down dirt, dust, and allergens while also removing stains from spills or pets. Carpet cleaning companies can get busy closer to the holidays as people prepare their homes for guests so try to schedule this sooner rather than later.
7. Get a programmable thermostat
These popular devices allow you to set the temperature of your home. A consistent temperature is ideal for maintaining hardwood floors, since changes in temperature and humidity can cause fluctuations in floor boards or separation between them.
8. Lay Down Floor Mats
Nothing dispels a cozy feeling faster than soggy messes! Keep a floor mat on the inside and outside of every entrance point to reduce the cold, damp outdoors being dragged inside. Having a shoes-off policy in your home is also great for preventing a build-up of grime on your floors!
As a homeowner, summer’s end generally marks the beginning for winter preparation. It’s the perfect time to wrap up outdoor projects and take care of routine maintenance work. More importantly, it’s also an opportunity to avoid costly repairs that may otherwise surface during the colder weather. As you prepare for winter, here are some important end-of-summer maintenance tips to include, so that your home is ready.
Get Rid of Dead Wood
Whether it’s branches or twigs, it’s imperative to remove decaying wood prior to winter. It can cause damage by falling on your house or vehicle during storms with high winds or heavy snowfall and ice. Unless you’re familiar with items like a pruner or chain saw, the safest option is to hire a professional to complete the task at hand.
Clear Clogged Gutters
When gutters are properly functioning, they do three things: Prevent water damage to your roof; keep water from collecting around your home’s foundation and entering through the basement (providing you have those); and deter rodents and other vermin from lingering around. Clearing gutters is as easy as stepping on a ladder and using a garden trowel; however, if you’re afraid of heights or you’re a novice ladder user, contacting a professional is probably the best call.
Should you choose to do it yourself, ladder safety is a must. In 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that 256,000 injuries involving ladders and stools were treated in emergency departments across the nation. Whenever you decide to tackle this project, ask someone to join you by holding the ladder. Also, avoid performing any work during wind and rain, and make sure your ladder setup is correctly.
Check Safety Devices
Inspect your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors by performing tests and replacing batteries. Also, locate your fire extinguishers and confirm they haven’t expired.
Replace Air Filter
Air filters for your heating and air system can generally last anywhere from a month to six months. When you purchase the air filter, there’s usually a recommended time for use; however, if you or someone else in your home has allergies, it should be changed more often. The same applies if you have a pet or multiple pets in the home. Changing the filter at the end of summer guarantees cleaner air and better airflow, which can save you money on your energy bills and overall expenses related to your heating and cooling system.
Schedule a Furnace Inspection
Furnaces usually fail during the coldest days of winter – the worst time to find out your furnace has an issue. A simple way to avoid running into this problem is to have your furnace checked by a professional every August before temperatures get cooler. Another reason to have it checked during this timeframe: HVAC companies usually offer pre-winter specials for maintenance visits.
Frozen pipes are another problem you don’t want to encounter mid-winter. The Red Cross suggests adding insulation to places like attics, basements and crawlspaces, as well as other areas where water supply lines are located. These may be under kitchen and bathroom cabinets or in your garage. It’s important to note that it doesn’t matter if they’re hot or cold pipes, both kinds should be insulated. Should you have exposed pipes (those that run against exterior walls), it’s recommended to insulate those as well by using products like a pipe sleeve, heat tape, heat cable or even newspaper.
While these end-of-summer recommendations may take some time and money to address now, these preventative steps are worth taking to avoid costly repairs down the road. They’ll also better ensure your safety and warmth during the time you need it the most.
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Hardwood floors are ever increasing in their popularity but many people would prefer something else for all or part of their home. Tile is still a popular option for many rooms of the house and understandably so. Tile is affordable and offers homeowners limitless design choices. It is also durable and very easy to clean. Although many enjoy the design qualities of hardwood flooring, there are practical considerations when installing flooring in certain areas of the house. Considering your personal taste, family needs, and budget, here are some parts of the home where tile could make more sense than hardwood.
Although many homes now feature hardwood floors, tile is a classic choice for the kitchen and is a well-suited material for this type of space. The main drawback with tile is that it tends to feel cold underfoot and can be uncomfortably so. Grout lines in tile tend to get dirty in any room and will need regular cleaning. However, tile can be cleaned relatively easily, cooking or food spills are easy to wipe up, and minor amounts of water will not cause rapid deterioration of the floor. A tile floor may also handle the wear and tear of a family better than hardwoods, at least in the kitchen.
Tile floors are a nice contrast in the kitchen, when cabinets are typically wood. A flooring specialist can help you come up with the best type and size of tile for your budget and preferences. Tile floors do not have to be uncomfortable! A padded mat by the sink and the counter can keep your feet warm while you prep and cook in the kitchen.
Hardwood flooring in the bathroom is most likely a bad idea since bathrooms are naturally moist environments. Tile works perfectly in a bathroom since it can handle this type of intense moisture. Tile made of porcelain is a very popular choice for bathrooms, since it is denser, less porous and generally harder than ceramic tile. Porcelain tile is versatile and can be made to match many different natural stone varieties. Porcelain also makes a better walking surface than ceramic tile.
Laundry Room/Mud Room
Like the kitchen and bathroom, tile is often the more popular choice for a laundry or mud room, mainly due to moisture. Tile is much better suited to the warm, moist heat from a dryer or potential leaking water from a washing machine. Tile is also much easier to clean if people or pets are tracking muddy shoes or paws into the space.
If you do not like the look of hardwood floors, do not fret! Carpet, laminate, and tile are all possibilities for your new floors! Just because hardwood floors are “trending” does not mean you must install them in your home. Choose what is right for you, your family, your taste, and your budget. Our flooring specialists are here to help you!