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March 26, 2015

For many homeowners, though, just the thought of of a top-to-bottom cleaning of their house is enough to incite nightmares.  While it is impossible to have a totally effortless spring cleaning, having the right resources goes a long way.

 

Follow this checklist to make sure your home passes the white glove test this spring. 

 

1. Wipe Walls and Ceilings 

 

A vacuum cleaner can remove dust quickly and easily.  Stubborn grease and surface grime that accumulates in kitchens should be removed with a solvent-free greaser. 

 

2. Have Carpeting Professionally Cleaned

 

To keep carpet looking its best and to eliminate allergens, have your carpet professionally cleaned with the hot water extraction method every 12 to 18 months. 

 

For best results, hire an IICRC-certified and CRI-approved carpet care professional like Rite Rug.  We use environmentally safe solutions, which are often required per manufacture's warranties.  Using the right processes and solutions like ours ensures proper carpet cleaning as well as safety for your home, family and pets. 

 

3. Clean Upholstered Furnishings 

 

Remove the cushions from the couch, chairs and other parts of the home and bring them outside.  Gently beat them by hand to remove dust and check for for stains, which can be cleaned by following the care instructions on the cushions' tags.  Vacuums and shampoo machines have upholstery and crevice tools to vacuum under the cushions. 

 

4. Dust Thoroughly

 

The hard to reach places are the  best areas to start dusting, because this is where the most accumulates.  Ceiling fans (not just the blades!) and window casings are a frequent area for dust to settle.  Work from the top of the room down, but avoid dusting sprays, which are not very effective and contain harmful chemicals. 

 

5. Restore Grout Lines

 

Grout is a cement-like material that goes between tiles on the floor, wall and counters to ensure they stay in place.  It is incredibly porous and stains very easily.  Penetrating grout sealer is one way to protect it, ensuring longevity and attractiveness.

 

6. Dust Shelves and the Items they Hold

 

Remove all items from the shelves and dust them individually.  Then, before replacing them, thoroughly dust every surface of your shelves.  The vacuum crevice attachments come in especially handy here. 

 

7. Wax Wooden Furniture 

 

Wipe  down the wooden surfaces with a damp cloth that has a dab of dish washing liquid on it.  Apply butcher's wax and other paste waxes a few feet at a time.  Allow the wax to dry and then buff to shine with a  clean, dry cloth.

 

8. Wash Window Screens

 

Warm water with mild dish washing liquid is the best way to clean these often neglected parts of the window.  Screens can get really filthy, so make sure to wipe them down thoroughly.  This is the way the air moves though and out of your home, so you don't want to be breathing in what was caught in the screen.  

 

With warmer weather right around the corner, it is time to start preparing for your homes Spring Cleaning!  Be sure to keep these tips in mind and if you have more questions about how to care for your flooring, contact a flooring expert at Rite Rug today!

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

For many homeowners, though, just the thought of of a top-to-bottom cleaning of their house is enough to incite nightmares.  While it is impossible to have a totally effortless spring cleaning, having the right resources goes a long way.

 

Follow this checklist to make sure your home passes the white glove test this spring. 

 

1. Wipe Walls and Ceilings 

 

A vacuum cleaner can remove dust quickly and easily.  Stubborn grease and surface grime that accumulates in kitchens should be removed with a solvent-free greaser. 

 

2. Have Carpeting Professionally Cleaned

 

To keep carpet looking its best and to eliminate allergens, have your carpet professionally cleaned with the hot water extraction method every 12 to 18 months. 

 

For best results, hire an IICRC-certified and CRI-approved carpet care professional like Rite Rug.  We use environmentally safe solutions, which are often required per manufacture's warranties.  Using the right processes and solutions like ours ensures proper carpet cleaning as well as safety for your home, family and pets. 

 

3. Clean Upholstered Furnishings 

 

Remove the cushions from the couch, chairs and other parts of the home and bring them outside.  Gently beat them by hand to remove dust and check for for stains, which can be cleaned by following the care instructions on the cushions' tags.  Vacuums and shampoo machines have upholstery and crevice tools to vacuum under the cushions. 

 

4. Dust Thoroughly

 

The hard to reach places are the  best areas to start dusting, because this is where the most accumulates.  Ceiling fans (not just the blades!) and window casings are a frequent area for dust to settle.  Work from the top of the room down, but avoid dusting sprays, which are not very effective and contain harmful chemicals. 

 

5. Restore Grout Lines

 

Grout is a cement-like material that goes between tiles on the floor, wall and counters to ensure they stay in place.  It is incredibly porous and stains very easily.  Penetrating grout sealer is one way to protect it, ensuring longevity and attractiveness.

 

6. Dust Shelves and the Items they Hold

 

Remove all items from the shelves and dust them individually.  Then, before replacing them, thoroughly dust every surface of your shelves.  The vacuum crevice attachments come in especially handy here. 

 

7. Wax Wooden Furniture 

 

Wipe  down the wooden surfaces with a damp cloth that has a dab of dish washing liquid on it.  Apply butcher's wax and other paste waxes a few feet at a time.  Allow the wax to dry and then buff to shine with a  clean, dry cloth.

 

8. Wash Window Screens

 

Warm water with mild dish washing liquid is the best way to clean these often neglected parts of the window.  Screens can get really filthy, so make sure to wipe them down thoroughly.  This is the way the air moves though and out of your home, so you don't want to be breathing in what was caught in the screen.  

 

With warmer weather right around the corner, it is time to start preparing for your homes Spring Cleaning!  Be sure to keep these tips in mind and if you have more questions about how to care for your flooring, contact a flooring expert at Rite Rug today!

 

March 23, 2015

All homeowners know that renovations can improve the value of their property.  The floors are often the most important consideration for many home buyers.  Because it is so valuable, a floor remodel is something all homeowners should take seriously.  

Be sure to work with flooring experts who can properly evaluate your floor before recovering.  Be sure to consult with a professional flooring service before starting any home improvement projects.  

 

Hardwood or Carpet? 

 

When considering the change from carpet to hardwood, be very careful and thoughtful about what you want.  The same is true when considering whether to cover your hardwood with carpet.  Talk to your flooring technician about your project budget, community preferences, and your personal taste.  In some areas with warmer climates, like Florida, tile is actually more common than either hardwood or carpet flooring. 

Lately, however, it is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners and renters to demand hardwood floors.  Installing carpeting may actually reduce your home's resale value.

 

What is the Most Valuable Kind of Flooring? 

As with all remodels, value depends on day to day use.  While there isn't one kind of flooring that will add the most value regardless of location, there are some general principles.  

Kitchens are a very popular area for floor remodeling.  Make sure, though, to maintain a flow of the same type of flooring through a level to increase value and be aesthetically pleasing.  

Vinyl flooring is not very popular, and most potential buyers will want to replace it.  Tile is much more valuable and will give the kitchen a modern look.  Laminate is also an attractive alternative to wood that can handle the demands of a busy kitchen.  

There are many other flooring types that are much less common.  Be careful when choosing an exotic or nontraditional flooring type.  this may pose the same problem as vinyl because potential buyers may want to replace it, thus reducing the value of your home in their estimates. 

 

See the Flooring Renovation as an Investment 

When done right, the proper considerations, flooring renovations can augment a home's value.  The initial cost is almost always worth the eventual return on resale value.  Due to flooring renovations, many homes increase in value as much as twice the cost of renovation.  

Make sure to consider the longevity of the flooring and the condition it will be in when you are ready to sell.  Those more than a decade away from selling their homes should put off renovations.  if you know you will soon be putting your home on the market, get going on renovations as soon as possible. 

Expense is always a consideration.  Know how much it will cost to repair whatever flooring you choose.  Wood and stone flooring can be very expensive to repair or replace.  Consider less expensive but equally attractive options, such as tile and laminate.  

Contact flooring professionals who know how to get the job done right.  They will work with your budget and tastes to ensure that you make the best investment in your home.  

 

Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator

All homeowners know that renovations can improve the value of their property.  The floors are often the most important consideration for many home buyers.  Because it is so valuable, a floor remodel is something all homeowners should take seriously.  

Be sure to work with flooring experts who can properly evaluate your floor before recovering.  Be sure to consult with a professional flooring service before starting any home improvement projects.  

 

Hardwood or Carpet? 

 

When considering the change from carpet to hardwood, be very careful and thoughtful about what you want.  The same is true when considering whether to cover your hardwood with carpet.  Talk to your flooring technician about your project budget, community preferences, and your personal taste.  In some areas with warmer climates, like Florida, tile is actually more common than either hardwood or carpet flooring. 

Lately, however, it is becoming increasingly popular for homeowners and renters to demand hardwood floors.  Installing carpeting may actually reduce your home's resale value.

 

What is the Most Valuable Kind of Flooring? 

As with all remodels, value depends on day to day use.  While there isn't one kind of flooring that will add the most value regardless of location, there are some general principles.  

Kitchens are a very popular area for floor remodeling.  Make sure, though, to maintain a flow of the same type of flooring through a level to increase value and be aesthetically pleasing.  

Vinyl flooring is not very popular, and most potential buyers will want to replace it.  Tile is much more valuable and will give the kitchen a modern look.  Laminate is also an attractive alternative to wood that can handle the demands of a busy kitchen.  

There are many other flooring types that are much less common.  Be careful when choosing an exotic or nontraditional flooring type.  this may pose the same problem as vinyl because potential buyers may want to replace it, thus reducing the value of your home in their estimates. 

 

See the Flooring Renovation as an Investment 

When done right, the proper considerations, flooring renovations can augment a home's value.  The initial cost is almost always worth the eventual return on resale value.  Due to flooring renovations, many homes increase in value as much as twice the cost of renovation.  

Make sure to consider the longevity of the flooring and the condition it will be in when you are ready to sell.  Those more than a decade away from selling their homes should put off renovations.  if you know you will soon be putting your home on the market, get going on renovations as soon as possible. 

Expense is always a consideration.  Know how much it will cost to repair whatever flooring you choose.  Wood and stone flooring can be very expensive to repair or replace.  Consider less expensive but equally attractive options, such as tile and laminate.  

Contact flooring professionals who know how to get the job done right.  They will work with your budget and tastes to ensure that you make the best investment in your home.  

 

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