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Simple Carpet Preparation Tips for Homeowners

Modern carpet is an investment and should be treated as such. Extending the lifetime and preserving the quality of the materials is actually easier than you might imagine. Of course, it takes more than regular vacuuming. Annual professional carpet cleaning is an essential element of this care, but it’s important to prepare your home and family for this day-long event. So just how do you do that? The following tips should get you started.

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Clear the Carpet

Most people think simple decluttering is enough for carpet cleaning day. While moving magazine racks, end tables, and kid or pet toys is helpful, it’s nowhere near enough. Professional carpet cleaners are licensed and bonded to clean the carpet or other items agreed upon prior to the appointment. But they are not licensed to move your furniture. Everything from sectional sofas to the family computer must be carted off the carpet. So, love your great-aunt Milly’s antique buffet with 200 years worth of family wedding china? Then you better move it out of the way and package the contents or cover them appropriately to avoid chemical coating or potential breakage.

Protect and Pin

Steam and chemicals pose a potential threat to expensive draperies and wall coatings – especially considering the high temperatures used by carpet cleaning professionals. Flowing curtains that pool on the floor can be beautiful decorative elements, but they need to be pinned at least six inches off the floor for the workers to do their job. Light plastic sheeting or even painters tape work to avoid cord smudges on walls. And for furniture that cannot be moved – such as formal sofas or beds with specialty skirts, be sure to lift and pin the skirts up to avoid unnecessary damage or destruction. Don’t forget to pre-vacuum. According to the Carpet and Rug Institute http://www.carpet-rug.org/, the entire house should be vacuumed at least two days per week. Running the vacuum over the cleared area will help extend the life and look of your investment.

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Plan and Prepare for Family and Four-Legged Friends

Many types of household pets roam freely through their homes on typical days. But strangers tend to create stress and emotional hardships on the animals. Loud noises and unusual activity are bound to scare even the most territorial animal. Therefore, pets should be kept in crates, taken to a friend’s or kennel, or moved to another part of the house for the day. Due to truck-mounted systems, your front or access door may remain open for most of the cleaning time, so animals may attempt a quick escape. Human family members, on the other hand, are usually far too curious. This can lead to potential injury or re-soiling the carpet before it completely dries. Your newly cleaned carpet may need up to 12 consecutive hours of traffic-free post-care, so prepare accordingly. And ask your service about walking booties in the event foot traffic is inevitable.

Prepare the Outside of Your Home

This one often goes overlooked, but it’s an important step. Trucks and heavy equipment may be used to renew your carpet. Making sure there’s ample parking available helps expedite the service and shows the house owner means business. Hot water extractions will need to be performed, so spigot use is a must. Make sure you know where the closest outdoor spigots are and that they’re in working order.

Your Macomb, MI carpet cleaning day does not need to be a stressful event. Simply follow the above suggestions to ensure your appointment is a smooth success. The pros are ready and able to answer any questions to ensure satisfaction. After all, carpet completes a home. Why trust its care to just anyone?

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Why you should use Bamboo Flooring

Have you ever wondered why you should use bamboo flooring instead of other flooring. This great infographic I designed should help you figure out some of the great points of bamboo flooring.

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Warning: Hardwood Will Make you… Happy!

I loved having hardwood floors in my home. My mothers home has hardwood and I really wish my apartment did, but oh well, I can’t exactly change that and if I could I would have by now. The good news is that if you’re a homeowner and don’t already have hardwood floors in your home you can change that easily and for a pretty good price too!

How? I know people think that all hardwood flooring is expensive, but if you buy your hardwood flooring wholesale, you can save yourself a ton of money and get beautiful hardwood flooring for a fraction of the price! Now, you don’t have to be like my aunt and hit the manufactures on your way home from vacation to get a great deal on hardwood flooring, you can just hop online and find amazing wholesale deals.

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Some of the benefits of hardwood flooring:

  • Better for the environment depending on type
  • Improves air quality
  • Easier for people with disability’s to move on
  • Easier cleaning
  • Can last hundreds of years

Reasons not to have carpet

  • Allergens live and bread in carpeting
  • Mold can grow easily in carpet
  • Promotes static electricity and this could cause problems in your home
  • Carpet can loosen and shied over time making your carpet look worn and old.

If you look then at how hardwood can not only be better for your health, but better for the environment depending on the wood you choose, you can see that getting hardwood is something you do need to look into. There are other great things about hardwood, it’s timeless, so you don’t have to worry about trends clashing with the color or the style of your flooring. When sealed well you don’t have to worry about staining and spills. The best part about changing to hardwood: with the great wholesale prices on hardwood flooring you should be able to do your whole home for a great price!

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Add Some Style to Your Floor

When it comes to decorating your home so many people think only of paint, pillows and furniture that they forget a floor also can make a statement in any room. When you get custom flooring you usually get what you pay for, something that looks amazing, but you can also get that same custom look for less.  Maybe you like the look of this hand scrapped bamboo flooring or maybe you would rather have a travertine tile floor. Whatever your wish is you can usually find a product that will fit that need.

Of course financing that home improvement project may be more difficult now, but refinance your home is not impossable and it’s a lot easier if you can show what you are doing to your home will actually improve the value in your area. A good way to check this is to see what is going on in your neighboors homes, if they have wood flooring and stainless steel appliances you should too.

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