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Keeping Carpet Safe During BBQ Season

Keeping Carpet Safe During BBQ Season

Posted By Tina / 07.5.2016
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We’re springing full speed ahead into summer — the pools are cool, and the barbecues are hot! But along with the burgers and hot dogs, comes the accidental ketchup squirts and beer spills. Not to worry though — when it comes to safeguarding your carpet against the summer BBQ, we’ve got you covered. 

   BBQ Sauce & Ketchup Stains 

 That dark red spoonful of sticky condiment can be a scary sight on your lush carpet. Luckily, stain removal can be as easy as taking a deep breath and grabbing a butter knife. 

 Start by gently scooping up as much as you can from the carpet using the butter knife. Then to treat the excess, use a mild solution of warm water and non-bleach detergent. Gently blot the area, starting from the outside edges and moving towards the center. As always, remembering not to rub. Beer

 There’s nothing quite like a cold brew on a hot day. Except, of course when that cold brew lands on your carpet. A common spill at the family BBQ, start by using clean paper towels or a white cloth, and blot up as much of the spilled beer as possible. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water, and blot the stain frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
 Finish by using cold water and blot dry to remove the solution. What happens if the stain is still visible?  If your BBQ stain still lingers, don’t panic — that’s what the experts are for. Simply hire an IICRC-certified and CRI-approved carpet care professional like Rite Rug to tend to any BBQ stain disaster this summer. 
4 Tips for Caring For Your Floor This Summer

4 Tips for Caring For Your Floor This Summer

Posted By Mindy / 05.16.2016
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Now that spring-cleaning is over, and summer has finally arrived — it’s time to take that extra step in properly caring for your floors.   These long sunny days and breezy summer nights present the perfect opportunity — and these tips will ensure your floor’s longevity and durability for years to come.  Vacuum and Sweep Regularly  Summer’s indoor-outdoor lifestyle brings a smorgasbord of unwanted dirt and allergens into your home. Because of this, high-traffic areas can always benefit from a daily sweeping. A quick sweep will work wonders in reducing dust particles and more. Of course regular vacuuming is also key — for both carpeting and hard surfaces. This will protect the finish of your flooring, and ensure clean air and happy noses.   Shake Out Area Rugs  Area rugs are frustrating culprits when it comes to collecting unwanted dirt and dust. For rugs that can be carried — bring them outside! This will help loosen dirt particles for more effective vacuuming later on.  Use a Dehumidifier & Air Conditioner High levels of humidity can take a toll on the shine and color of your flooring. However, the use of a dehumidifier and air conditioner can greatly help in decreasing humidity, and increasing air circulation — thus preserving your flooring’s original luster for years to come.  Protect Flooring From The Sun  Just as you protect your skin from harmful UV rays, it’s important to protect your flooring as well. Over-exposure to sunlight can cause discoloration, making your flooring look years older than it actually is. Don’t worry though, you won’t need special floor sunscreen — simple blinds and curtains do the trick!     
Prepping Your Home To Sell This Season

Prepping Your Home To Sell This Season

Posted By Mindy / 04.13.2016
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Ask any real estate agent, and they will tell you that Spring and Summer are considered the “hot” seasons to sell your home. This should come as no surprise, as most families want to purchase and be settled in time for the new school year.  If you're getting ready to sell this season, it’s a smart idea to make some small improvements that can greatly improve the salability of your home. For the most part, improvements need only to be simple and inexpensive — but buyers will undoubtedly notice the difference!  Clean Things Up  It may seem obvious, but dust and dirt can be a real turnoff to prospective buyers who are looking for their “new" dream home. To make a great impression, consider having your flooring and window treatments professionally cleaned to freshen up the space.  You should also take some extra time to de-clutter. Not only will this help with the sale, but it will also help with your move! Clear old clothing from your closet rods and show off some floor space. Also, don’t forget to tidy your pantry and kitchen cabinets.  Give Your Bath a Bath  Everyone loves a beautiful, serene and clean bathroom. But even if yours is less than updated, there are some small fixes you can do for big impact with buyers.  If your toilet seat cover is old and discolored, replace it with a new one (it's inexpensive and very easy). Change out your shower liner and curtain for something new and neutral. And for a really big impact, have your tub recaulked — it won’t go unnoticed. Let The Sun Shine In  There's nothing like great natural lighting, so be sure to keep draperies light and airy, and of course — open! Replace any missing or dim light bulbs, and try to avoid unflattering florescent lighting whenever possible.  Do Some Touch-Ups  You might love your green bedroom, but it's safe to say not all buyers will feel the same. Give your home a fresh coat of paint in a neutral grey or beige. There's nothing quite like it to easily revamp a room — and luckily it's extremely affordable.  There are many other small 'touch-ups' you can do around the home that are easy and inexpensive. Consider changing out dated hardware on cabinets, and tossing those decade-old vertical blinds. You'd be surprised how much impact a brand new clean doormat can make!  Make Your Floors Fabulous Again The floors in our homes take a serious beating, and if yours look worn or outdated, it will likely have an effect on the salability of your home. If you're opting for an update, it's always smart to keep new flooring neutral so that it will appeal to a wide range of buyers. Also, it's a great idea to consult with your realtor to determine what type of flooring is most desirable in your neighborhood.     
Pet Guard Your Carpet

Pet Guard Your Carpet

Posted By Mindy / 02.25.2016
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Everyone knows carpet feels great under your feet-whether you have two feet of four! Here are some carpet tips you and your fur family members will love.   Pick a carpet that offers a Stain and Resistance treatment. This helps to protect the fibers from base to tip. It helps to repel stains, giving you more time to respond to accidents, making carpet easier to clean and keep the stain from returning.   Choose a carpet color that gives you the ability to “hide” things such as dirt and hair.  A carpet that contains a little fleck of color is always a good choice as it will hide most dirt or debris tracked in by little paws until you are able to clean.  Also, if you choose a carpet color similar to your pet’s, hair will be less noticeable.   Consider that the oil on an animal's coat can act as a magnet for dirt and debris, so always keep that in mind and have the proper cleaning plan for areas they might favor.   You may want to consider staying away from loop carpets for they can be a potential problem with some pets. It is possible their nails can snag a loop, pull it, and cause damage. A low pile carpet would be your safest bet.   Begin your carpet search today.       
Surviving the Holidays

Surviving the Holidays

Posted By Tina / 12.2.2015
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Here are a few tips to help keep your floors safe during the holiday festivities! FLOORING PROTECTION & MAINTENANCE Use Area Rugs, Door Mats and Tablecloths Add doormats and area rugs inside and outside of all entry ways and high traffic areas. This will help absorb the soil and moisture that people track in. A tablecloth can help absorb spills before they make it to the floor. Shoes Off Designate an area near the door for shoes, and kindly ask your guests remove them before coming inside. Avoid wearing high heel shoes or sports cleats for they can cause unwanted scratches or dents on your hard surface.  Stick-on Felt Pads Protect hard surface flooring from furniture scuffs by applying felt pads. Hot water Extraction After the holiday traffic is through, it’s a great time for a deeper clean to remove oils and particles that accelerate soiling. Cleaning is recommended every 18 months depending on the traffic in your home, and your carpet warranty. To prevent warranty voids, get your carpet cleaned by a professional.   BEER & WINE STAIN REMOVAL Beer Stain Removal Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon clear hand dishwashing soap and 1 cup warm water) with a damp towel; leave on for 3 to 5 minutes (blot, don't rub). Apply water with a damp towel. Blot, then finish with a weighted pad of white paper towels.  Red Wine Stain Removal Apply detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon clear hand dishwashing soap and 1 cup warm water) with a damp towel; leave on for 3 to 5 minutes (blot, don't rub). If stain is not removed, apply a hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution (1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon household ammonia) and let stand for 2 to 3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap (repeat as needed). Once removal is complete, apply white vinegar to neutralize the area, then water with a damp towel to rinse. Blot, then finish with a weighted pad of white paper towels.
5 Home Office Carpet Cleaning Tips

5 Home Office Carpet Cleaning Tips

Posted By Admin / 10.16.2013
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With more of us working from home the carpets in our designated home offices are seeing increased wear and use. Here are five tips that can help you to protect and clean the carpets in your home office, to increase their life, and to maintain their great look. [More]

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