Tis the season… for holiday guests! That can be a good thing or a bad thing. With your holiday to-do list filled with shopping, cooking, cleaning and errands, you may find yourself overwhelmed to see things around the house needing attention before guests arrive. So, if the expectation of overnight guests has you screaming “Bah Hum Bug”, try these fast, cheap and easy DIY tricks to impress your guests and have your home relative-ready!
When you begin to plan a home improvement project be sure to check with local officials on what permits you need. If you do not do this all the work that is done may be required to be torn down and the project started all over again due to regulation violations.
If you have rented an apartment or home, as you vacate it is a good idea to have a professional cleaner work hot water extraction on your carpets and rugs. Depending on how long you have lived in the one place, there’s no telling how much grime and soil is embedded in the high traffic areas. Especially if you have pets or children, there is a good chance of deep urine stains and odor you didn’t realize was there. Simply running a vacuum through the home with some spray cleaner may only make the surface of your carpet appear clean, but in truth you could be leaving behind rooted bacterias and stains.
You can also rent or buy a best home carpet cleaner to clean your rug. When you rent it from a department store, you would pay around $20 daily. You will also need to buy a cleaning solution. If you buy this cleaner, the price will range from $50-$400. To use this, remove the soap holder and water from the cleaner by lifting them off. Place water inside until it reaches the water line and then put some soap. Return the holder to the cleaner where you will hear the holder snap into its proper place. Switch on the cleaner by pushing the button that says “on” and run it on the rug.
With this cleaner, you get other great features as well. There is automatic detergent mixing, dry heating and automatic rinsing. No more pre-mixing of the detergent. The dry heat feature cuts down the drying time, and the rinse feature means that there is no more detergent residue.
Tip #1 Red wine spills – immediately pour white wine on it. No kidding! My carpet cleaning professional told me this trick. Apparently, the sugar in the white wine neutralizes the stain.
Ultra Carpet Care is a locally owned business that specializes in residential and commercial carpets and floors. Reasonably priced, Ultra Carpet Care also does a pet odor inspection and gives recommendations on how to deal with pet odors and their sources. After going through an inspection process they extract odors all the way to the carpet pad and then thoroughly clean them.
A carpet steam cleaner is also great for stains that have been embedded in your carpet. For example, say you are having a party and you accidentally spill a coke. You rush over to blot it with a towel, but it is too late. The stain has set in and your nice white carpet is ruined. In addition, even though you can’t see under the carpet you know that it is still damp with sticky soda. If this is not taken care of, you are at risk of getting mold under your carpet. Well, if you use the best carpet steam cleaner out there then you will have that stain lifted in no time.