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Best Carpet Cleaning Tips When You Have Allergies

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If you or someone in your home struggles with allergies, you know it can be a chore trying to stay on top of managing the cleaning around the home. Carpets can contain dirt, pollen, dust, and more. So making sure to clean them regularly can help reduce your allergy symptoms. Some cleaning products can be an irritant, and mimic the symptoms of your allergies. Here are some carpet cleaning tips to help reduce your allergies. Best Carpet Cleaning Tips If you suffer from allergies, using non-toxic “Green” cleaning products are best. They won’t contain harsh chemicals that can irritate you, [...]

5 Super-Clever Reader-Approved Cleaning Tips – Lifehacker

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Last week I asked you all how you keep your home in a livable, not-too-messy state, and you responded with all sorts of great tips, most of which I plan to implement myself. How Do You Keep Your Home Neat and Tidy? “Keeping house” is something my grandmother has always excelled at. Not only does every dish,… Read more There were a lot of clever ideas, and the below five stuck out as particularly beneficial: Give Everything a Home That Fits Your Habits As Fing Fang Flareon points out in their very helpful comment, it’s much easier to organize in [...]

Tips For Keeping Floors, Carpet Looking Their Best – Hartford Courant

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Heavy traffic, dirty shoes, food spills and pet accidents are just a few of the abuses our floors suffer on a regular basis. It's no wonder, then, that regardless of what they're covered with, most of us will likely need to refinish, recoat or replace at least one, if not all of them sometime during the life of our home. Depending on the style and expanse, flooring costs can climb into the hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. With that in mind, it's not a bad idea to treat the ground beneath our feet with a little more respect if [...]

How to Care for Hardwood Floors {and Laminate too!}

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*** Learn how to care for hardwood floors and keep them looking like new! *** I was happy to partner with Swiffer on this post.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own. When we first moved into our home fifteen years ago I loved our hardwood floors.  Honestly though, I had no idea how to care for them and my floors kind of paid the price.  I mean we really need to get them refinished.  Anyways, today I thought that I would share what I’ve learned over the years about how to care for hardwood floors – and how [...]

How to Cleanup Floodwater – NBC Chicago

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Flooding in the Chicago area Wednesday has left many residents left with the daunting task of cleaning basements and soaked properties—and the storms aren’t over. Here are some tips on how to clean up floodwater. FloodSafety.com, a nonprofit promoting environmental awareness, says floodwaters can contain contaminants and mud—causing the clean up to be even more of a burden. Here are some tips from FloodSafety on how to deal with aftermath of floodwater. • First things first: call your insurance agent. If your insurance covers the damage, your agent will tell you when an adjuster will contact you. List damage and [...]

From putting a tea towel in the dryer to adding VINEGAR to the load… simple tricks to cut the time spent washing …..

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Carpet-care basics to help flooring last longer – Seattle Times

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Choosing a good vacuum cleaner is just the start. Most homeowners think they’re caring for their carpets adequately if they’re hiring a professional carpet cleaner periodically and vacuuming now and again, but many don’t know that a few simple steps could help their carpets last longer. “Whether it’s the wrong carpet spotter or forgetting to vacuum often enough, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to make their carpets last longer between pro cleanings,” says Eric Moe, owner of Alpine Specialty Cleaning, a family-run business that has been cleaning carpets around Seattle since 1969 and which specializes in [...]

Dining Room Rugs – Must-Have Or Unessential?

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Most people would agree that a room just doesn’t feel complete without a rug. Still, is a rug really necessary in a space like the dining room, for example? Well, that depends. On one hand, a rug can offer advantages such as making the room look and feel more dynamic or creating a more comfortable and cozy atmosphere. On the other hand, the lack of a rug can make a space seem larger and brighter and can put an emphasis on other design elements. View in galleryThe rug is usually the element that grounds a space and makes the room [...]

How To Remove Red Wine From Carpet (And Other Spillages)

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Red wine is definitely one of the more common stains we’re asked to remove. Indeed, a quick glance at the diary reveals we’ve tackled about a dozen in the last month alone (granted, this recent increase is probably a Welsh thing – likely due to increased alcohol consumption during the six nations rugby tournament!) I digress… Most commonly, we find a glug of vin rouge puddled on living room carpets and rugs. Sometimes in bedrooms. And even in the corners of carpeted closets… I daren’t ask. Anyway, let’s picture the scene… You’re there in your living room, feet up, watching the rugby, a [...]

The Consumer’s Guide To Effective Carpet Cleaning

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Firing up our petrol powered, van mounted machine, it’s easy to take for granted the sheer power, heat and reliability we have on tap these days. Step back a century and carpet cleaning and stain removal methods appeared crude and, at first glance, somewhat comical (think brushing carpets with tea leaves and freshly cut grass and mopping up stains with beef gall and split loaves of hot bread!) Nevertheless, carpets and rugs were always fastidiously and proudly maintained and any spillages and stains quickly treated. And besides, isn’t there something inherently satisfying about restoring (and preferably maintaining) a quality rug or [...]