June 13, 2018
What Color Hardwoods Do Buyers Want?
If you’re considering putting your home on the market, there are several factors to consider. From price, to timing, and everything in between — you want your house to look its very best, from the listing photos through to the showings.
Hardwood floors are a major selling point for just about any home — so it’s no surprise that a fresh, contemporary stain could potentially add substantial value to your selling price. If you’re considering refinishing your hardwoods, or installing new floors all together, we’ve got a few tips to ensure buyers fall head over heels for your fabulous floors.
Dark Brown Stains
Very dark hardwoods tend to be one of the most popular choices at the moment. Whether it’s a luxurious mix of Ebony and Dark Walnut, a warm Espresso, or a luscious Jacobean — dark browns are neutral, and provide an upscale, contemporary feel for your home.
Very Light Stains
On the other end of the spectrum, very light floors are also a wildly popular request of potential buyers. Light and bright natural floors feel laid-back and fresh, hiding dirt and dings with ease. Just make sure that when going light, you keep it extremely neutral, and avoid any hints of yellow or orange — as this can make the floors feel dated and dingy.
Stain Colors To Avoid
When you’re selling your house, you want to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. Usually, staying neutral and avoiding trend-driven design will help with that.
While it might be tempting to opt for trendy gray, or shabby-chic white washes, the majority of buyers would rather play it safe with a more traditional dark brown or natural light wood. Mahogany and Cherry stains feel dated and tired — so steer clear of these taste-specific red tones.
In the end, you have to choose a stain color that feels appropriate to your home, personal aesthetic, and neighborhood. Luckily, whether you’re looking to revive your existing floors, or ready to invest in some new ones — our Flooring Experts can help you every step of the way. Call us today…
Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator
May 22, 2018
Keeping Your Carpets Clean This Summer
The lawn is green, and the pool is open — summer is finally here, and with it comes the wet towels, the grass strains, and of course the occasional ketchup spill. Don’t sweat it though! Summertime, and the living is easy, right? We definitely think so. Just follow our simple tips, and your carpets will look great all summer long.
The first defense against dirty carpets is limiting how much gets into them in the first place. Try and keep outside shoes off of the carpets, and keep doormats at all entries. Frequent vacuuming is the best way to keep dirt from becoming embedded, which is why it’s crucial to have a vacuum that's easy to use. Consider keeping a cordless vacuum nearby to use in between deeper cleanings.
Start the cleaning process by carefully removing any excess spillage. Food residue should be carefully removed with a spoon before any blotting begins. If the spill is large, use a vacuum to remove most of the material before blotting.
Then, blot up spills by covering the area with a clean towel. Press down with the heel of your hand, and repeat using dry towels until all the liquid has been absorbed.
If residue remains, continue to clean by mixing a spot-cleaning solution. Dilute a few drops of clear hand-dishwashing soap in water. Blot the area with the solution, and then rinse by blotting with a clean wet towel. Repeat these two steps as needed. Be careful not to rub, or the carpet fibers may become matted.
If the stain simply won’t budge, don’t worry — that’s what the experts are for. Simply pour yourself a glass of ice-cold lemonade, and hire an IICRC-certified and CRI-approved carpet care professional. .
Posted by: Rite Rug Blog Administrator