DIY Carpet Cleaning

Carpet Cleaning can be a hassle but if you have kids and pets then you’ll likely being doing a lot of carpet cleaning throughout the life of your carpet. Professional carpet cleaners can be expensive and if your carpet is constantly getting spilled on and then you won’t be wanting to pay for someone to clean them all the time. There are many tips and tricks out there that will help you be able to save some money and make your carpet just as good. The biggest help is by taking preventive measures and then if something does happen, cleaning it the correct way.

Vacuum!

Regular vacuuming preserves the life of your carpet. The longer you go without vacuuming the more impacted your carpet becomes with dirt, hair, dust and the like. These unwanted friends in your carpet are magnets for spills and stains. The more you vacuum the more agitated your carpet is causing the dust and dirt to settle less on it. To keep these nasty things out of your carpet for when a spill does happen, take the time to vacuum your carpet at least 2 times a week. This will help to prevent stains from getting embedded into your carpet.

Scotchgard

Scotchgard is a preventative care that will help when spills happen. Scotchgard helps to protect your carpet from stains by forming a protective sealer. When applied it needs to be raked thoroughly into your carpet to disperse it all over and deep into the fibers. This protective layer prevents stains from becoming deep. It holds it at bay on a surface level for the stain to be easily cleaned up. This can be done once a year. When doing so make sure to follow all the instructions for the best results.

When All Else Fails

Now that you have taken preventative measures for your carpet, when a stain does happen it’s time to clean. There are certain steps that will produce the best results. Make sure that you test the cleaner on a small piece of carpet first. Then when cleaning it be sure that you use the least amount of cleaner possible and follow the cleaner instructions. Different stains will call for different cleaners. Don’t think that the all-purpose stain cleaner will be the best for every stain. This means that you’ll have to research. No matter what cleaner you use, be sure not to scrub the carpet because it will unravel the carpet strands.

Carpet cleaning can be tricky. It is possible to clean your carpet and keep it looking beautiful. The most effective way to keep stains out of your carpet is by taking preventative measures first. Then when a stain happens you’ll have half the battle already fought. Home Improvement Steps is here to help you with all you home needs while saving the dollars in your pocket. For more Home Improvement Steps be sure to look at our blog.

Different Types of Interior Paint

There are quite a few different types of paint that you can use for the rooms in your house. There are six specific types you can use in your home-making it look like new.

Starting from the shiniest paint—gloss paint is used on interior walls. Many prefer to use it on woodwork because of the high shine. Because of the shine, this type of paint shows all the imperfections on the wall. With gloss paint you will need more than a single coat to get full coverage and a few hours between coats to let the paint fully dry. Using fans towards the walls will help speed up the drying process.

Semi-gloss paint is most commonly used on trim around the house. Semi-gloss is also often used in kitchen and bathroom walls. It’s apt in these settings because it is easy to clean with just soap and water. Semi-gloss is nice because it can achieve a satisfactory covering in a single coat. This type of sheen has less shine than the gloss paint but is still shiny.

Eggshell paint has a little less shine than the semi-gloss and is quite subtle. Because the shine is more subtle it doesn’t highlight the imperfections as much. Like the semi-gloss sheen, a single coat can be quite sufficient for your walls.

Satin paint is a beautiful sheen. It is not very shiny and is a low, soft sheen. A satin finish is wonderful for when you need to clean the walls regularly. Even though the satin paint is not shiny, it does show all the imperfections of your walls. Therefore, if your walls have many imperfections it is not recommended to use this type of sheen.

Matte Enamel is like matte (mentioned next) and is more durable than a matte finish. With matte enamel paint it is easy to clean and does not need to be retouched often. This paint is great for families with small children. It is popular for kitchens because of the need to wipe the walls from cooking marks and scuff marks.

Matte is the most common for interior walls. There is no shine in the matte. This type of paint is excellent for walls in the home and the ceilings. With matte, it takes more than one coat to get a solid color that the previous color does not show through in some areas. It also covers the imperfections on the walls well. Matte paint can be easily marked but most marks can be removed by a damp cloth. It does need to be retouched the most regularly of all the types of paint.

To get your house painted and looking professional take a look at My Painter, LLC and contact them for a quote!

Carpet or Tile For Your Home?

Tile and carpet are very popular now. The question many ask themselves is which is better to go with, especially in the long run. Take a look at this table to help make your decision:

  Carpet Tile
Lower Cost  ×
Easier Cleaning  ×
Durability  ×
Versatility  ×
Comfortable  ×
Insulator  ×

From the table above you can see tile has many more pro’s than carpet does. Let’s break down the table above a bit. Tile costs less than carpet does. When stains occur or a spill happens, it is easier to wipe up on tile than getting a stain out of carpet. Tile is lasts longer than carpet does and can go through more wear and tear before it needs to be replaced or updated.

A con of tile is when anything besides liquid is spilled, such as glass, it can break upon contact on the tile. Glass is harder to break on carpet.

With tile one can change the color or kind of tile in each room and it can still look good and fashionable for today. You cannot do this with carpet. Once you choose a carpet for a floor it usually goes through the whole floor.

A pro of carpet is the comfort of it. Carpet is very comfortable to walk on and lay on. Carpet also acts as an insulator, warming the house more in the cold months of the year. Tile, unless the warming tiles, is colder to walk on during these cold months.

Carpet and tile are just two flooring options to choose from. There are more flooring options to compare but carpet and tile are just two of the popular flooring options.

If or once you’ve chosen tile, it can easily be cleaned by a professional company to keep it looking as good as the day you got it. Or if a tile cracks or becomes loose a professional company can fix that tile at a fraction of the cost of redoing all your tile-saving you money! A good company to look at for all your tile cleaning and repairs is The Grout Medic!