In Home Shopping
  • carpet
  • hardwood
  • laminate
  • tile
  • vinyl
Tips for Buying
Tips for Buying
Financing
Financing
Featured Deal
Featured Deal

January 28, 2015

 

Decorating is probably the most fun thing about buying or remodeling a home. It’s especially popular in winter, when people are stuck indoors and wondering what they can do to stay active and engaged. A good decorating job brightens the room or the entire house, and helps its occupants feel energized and ready for changes or new beginnings. Unfortunately, many people begin decorating projects without a budget or don’t know how to get the most from the budget they have. Today, we’ll go over some tips for making and sticking to a decorating budget.

Step 1: Set Priorities

If you’re decorating or redoing your entire house, decide which room is most important to you. Is it the living room or den because guests gather there? Is it the kitchen, whose fixtures are ten years old? Do you have young children and want to give their bedrooms special themes? Once you’ve chosen to focus on one or two rooms, pare that room’s budget down from there. If you’re creating a themed room for a child, the paint color may not be as important as the bed linens or the accessories built around his or her favorite hobby or character. If you’re redoing the bathroom, focus on putting in tubs and sinks with sturdy pipes and safe fixtures, especially if you live with an elderly person or small children.

Step 2 : Make a Plan

Once you know how much to spend and what to spend it on, sit down and draw or write out how everything will look. Determine how much you want to do yourself and when or if you want to hire professionals. Incidentally, something that starts out as a DIY proposition may turn into something that needs professional help, so make sure you save enough money at the beginning to pay contractors, electricians, and the like. As you draw or write the plan, keep end goals in mind. If your goal is to make the room seem bigger or brighter, you should avoid heavy, dark furniture. If you’re a reader, you’ll need to invest in bookcases before a television set.

Step 3: Do Your Research

The internet provides a wealth of décor ideas. People have completed numerous decorating projects and they’re perfectly happy to share tricks that they’ve learned along the way. Scan décor-related websites and social media pages to find money-saving tips. Incorporate these ideas into your own decorating plans.

Step 4: Beware the Impulse Buy

An impulse buy is something that looks great, and you feel in the moment you have to own. A few days later, you wonder why you bought it or find you can’t use it like you had planned. This could be anything from fancy linens to a pizza stone, extra entertainment center speakers or knickknacks on clearance. Ask yourself, “Do I need this? Will the room look great without it?” If the answers are “no” and “yes,” keep walking.

If new flooring is part of your decorating plan, visit Rite Rug Flooring or schedule a free In-Home Shopping consultation with one of our specialists. 

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

 

Decorating is probably the most fun thing about buying or remodeling a home. It’s especially popular in winter, when people are stuck indoors and wondering what they can do to stay active and engaged. A good decorating job brightens the room or the entire house, and helps its occupants feel energized and ready for changes or new beginnings. Unfortunately, many people begin decorating projects without a budget or don’t know how to get the most from the budget they have. Today, we’ll go over some tips for making and sticking to a decorating budget.

Step 1: Set Priorities

If you’re decorating or redoing your entire house, decide which room is most important to you. Is it the living room or den because guests gather there? Is it the kitchen, whose fixtures are ten years old? Do you have young children and want to give their bedrooms special themes? Once you’ve chosen to focus on one or two rooms, pare that room’s budget down from there. If you’re creating a themed room for a child, the paint color may not be as important as the bed linens or the accessories built around his or her favorite hobby or character. If you’re redoing the bathroom, focus on putting in tubs and sinks with sturdy pipes and safe fixtures, especially if you live with an elderly person or small children.

Step 2 : Make a Plan

Once you know how much to spend and what to spend it on, sit down and draw or write out how everything will look. Determine how much you want to do yourself and when or if you want to hire professionals. Incidentally, something that starts out as a DIY proposition may turn into something that needs professional help, so make sure you save enough money at the beginning to pay contractors, electricians, and the like. As you draw or write the plan, keep end goals in mind. If your goal is to make the room seem bigger or brighter, you should avoid heavy, dark furniture. If you’re a reader, you’ll need to invest in bookcases before a television set.

Step 3: Do Your Research

The internet provides a wealth of décor ideas. People have completed numerous decorating projects and they’re perfectly happy to share tricks that they’ve learned along the way. Scan décor-related websites and social media pages to find money-saving tips. Incorporate these ideas into your own decorating plans.

Step 4: Beware the Impulse Buy

An impulse buy is something that looks great, and you feel in the moment you have to own. A few days later, you wonder why you bought it or find you can’t use it like you had planned. This could be anything from fancy linens to a pizza stone, extra entertainment center speakers or knickknacks on clearance. Ask yourself, “Do I need this? Will the room look great without it?” If the answers are “no” and “yes,” keep walking.

If new flooring is part of your decorating plan, visit Rite Rug Flooring or schedule a free In-Home Shopping consultation with one of our specialists. 

 

January 21, 2015

Stains in your carpet can be a nightmare. All stains are not created equal, so we've compiled a list of some of the toughest stains to get out of carpet and how to handle them.

A note on warranties: read before cleaning. Some warranties will cover stains of all sorts but may be rendered void if you attempt to clean it with products other than those recommended. For all liquid spills, blot up (don't rub) as much of the liquid as possible. Use a towel or paper towels and stand on top of them to get as much of the liquid out as possible before adding cleaning solution for the following stains:

 

Dark or colored soda: Use no more than a quarter teaspoon of liquid detergent in half a cup of water mixed together, or your chosen brand of carpet cleaner. Spray or pour the mixture on the spot and let sit for a few minutes. Blot the carpet again and repeat if necessary. Allow to air dry. 
 
Coffee or tea: If you catch the spill immediately, you may be able to blot all of it up without the need for a follow-up treatment. Follow the directions for soda stain removal if you need further cleaning. 
 
Curry: Blot and scrape up as much of the curry as possible. Use a carpet cleaner or a solution of one tablespoon liquid detergent, one tablespoon of white (only white) vinegar and two cups of water. Sponge, pour or spray the solution on the stain and let soak in for a few minutes. Blot and repeat as necessary. 
 
Lipstick: Scrape up any excess without spreading it, and use the same solution for soda to clean. Try a little bit of WD-40 for tough stains. 
 
Sharpie/Ink: Try hairspray! Rubbing alcohols and hairsprays that contain alcohol can effectively remove permanent marker. Spray or pat on and then blot the stain out. Use water to blot and clean any remaining residue. 
 
Wine: Use enough water with baking soda to create a paste and apply to the stain. Let it dry and vacuum the area well before using a traditional carpet cleaner to remove any residual staining. 
 
Wax: If you don't know how to remove wax, it can be difficult. Scrape the wax up with the back of a butter knife. Then, place a few paper towels directly over the stain and apply a warm iron to it. The iron will melt the wax and the paper towel will absorb it. 
 
Blood: Cold water and a sponge. Apply, blot and rinse repeatedly. Alternatively, try a tablespoon of ammonia in a half a cup of water. 
 
Urine: Follow the directions on an over the counter, oxidizing pet urine remover. 
 
Grease residue: Blot and scrape away excess grease. Use powder of baking soda to soak the grease, and vacuum up. Then use the rubbing alcohol technique for sharpie/ink, and if needed, follow that with the solution for curry.
 
Hair dye: Use the technique for curry. If the stain remains, follow with the same solution again, but replace the vinegar with ammonia.
 
Rust: Remove excess rust with a vacuum. Then use straight vinegar or lemon on the stain (spot test first to make sure it won't hurt your carpet) and rinse with water and a sponge. 
 
Gum: Use ice to harden it and chip ogg with your hands or the back of a butter knife. 

 

The best solution for stains is prevention. But sometimes, things happen. Use these strategies to remove the toughest stains from your carpets. If you are looking for new carpets in your home, check out our wide selection at Rite Rug Flooring

 

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

Stains in your carpet can be a nightmare. All stains are not created equal, so we've compiled a list of some of the toughest stains to get out of carpet and how to handle them.

A note on warranties: read before cleaning. Some warranties will cover stains of all sorts but may be rendered void if you attempt to clean it with products other than those recommended. For all liquid spills, blot up (don't rub) as much of the liquid as possible. Use a towel or paper towels and stand on top of them to get as much of the liquid out as possible before adding cleaning solution for the following stains:

 

Dark or colored soda: Use no more than a quarter teaspoon of liquid detergent in half a cup of water mixed together, or your chosen brand of carpet cleaner. Spray or pour the mixture on the spot and let sit for a few minutes. Blot the carpet again and repeat if necessary. Allow to air dry. 
 
Coffee or tea: If you catch the spill immediately, you may be able to blot all of it up without the need for a follow-up treatment. Follow the directions for soda stain removal if you need further cleaning. 
 
Curry: Blot and scrape up as much of the curry as possible. Use a carpet cleaner or a solution of one tablespoon liquid detergent, one tablespoon of white (only white) vinegar and two cups of water. Sponge, pour or spray the solution on the stain and let soak in for a few minutes. Blot and repeat as necessary. 
 
Lipstick: Scrape up any excess without spreading it, and use the same solution for soda to clean. Try a little bit of WD-40 for tough stains. 
 
Sharpie/Ink: Try hairspray! Rubbing alcohols and hairsprays that contain alcohol can effectively remove permanent marker. Spray or pat on and then blot the stain out. Use water to blot and clean any remaining residue. 
 
Wine: Use enough water with baking soda to create a paste and apply to the stain. Let it dry and vacuum the area well before using a traditional carpet cleaner to remove any residual staining. 
 
Wax: If you don't know how to remove wax, it can be difficult. Scrape the wax up with the back of a butter knife. Then, place a few paper towels directly over the stain and apply a warm iron to it. The iron will melt the wax and the paper towel will absorb it. 
 
Blood: Cold water and a sponge. Apply, blot and rinse repeatedly. Alternatively, try a tablespoon of ammonia in a half a cup of water. 
 
Urine: Follow the directions on an over the counter, oxidizing pet urine remover. 
 
Grease residue: Blot and scrape away excess grease. Use powder of baking soda to soak the grease, and vacuum up. Then use the rubbing alcohol technique for sharpie/ink, and if needed, follow that with the solution for curry.
 
Hair dye: Use the technique for curry. If the stain remains, follow with the same solution again, but replace the vinegar with ammonia.
 
Rust: Remove excess rust with a vacuum. Then use straight vinegar or lemon on the stain (spot test first to make sure it won't hurt your carpet) and rinse with water and a sponge. 
 
Gum: Use ice to harden it and chip ogg with your hands or the back of a butter knife. 

 

The best solution for stains is prevention. But sometimes, things happen. Use these strategies to remove the toughest stains from your carpets. If you are looking for new carpets in your home, check out our wide selection at Rite Rug Flooring

 

 

Read More From Our Blog

© 2015 RITERUG® 4450 Poth Road, Whitehall, OH 43213 - (614) 261-6060. All Rights Reserved. - RITERUG® is a flooring company.