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Tips for Using a Steam Cleaner on Carpet

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*INFO from Carpet and Rug Institute

Most of us have been there before. The carpet cleaning machine can be rented for only $9 a day. The following read contains tips and techniques to follow, if you decide to use a carpet steamer.

Using a carpet cleaner is great but you will not get the carpet as clean as a professional will. Do not completely forgo having a professional come in at least twice a year to clean your carpets. This will help maintain your carpets, so they will last for years and even decades. If you have some spots and spills you would like to tidy up, then certainly use a steam cleaner yourself.

Only use the cleaning solution that the specific machine calls for. Make sure to read the instructions and strictly follow them. Under-diluting the solution can damage your carpet. Remove all furniture from the room, before cleaning it. If the furniture is too heavy to move, place plastic wrap around the legs and under the furniture. This will help protect the furniture from heat and chemicals.

Start cleaning a room in the farthest point from the door. Then work your way backward, until you can step out of the room when finished. Do not walk on the carpet until it is completely dry. Also do not replace the furnishings within the room until the carpet is dry. Wet or damp carpet will attract dirt and dust. It takes at least six and up to twelve hours for carpet to dry. It depends on how thick the carpet pile and carpet pad is. The thicker the pile and pad, the longer it will take for a carpet to completely dry.

In order to prevent mold from growing, it is important to help along the drying process. Open the windows to allow for extra ventilation, if the weather permits. If not set the thermostat on a setting between 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Follow these simple rules for using a steam cleaner on your carpet. Remember to call a professional in at least twice a year!

Master Suite Must Haves

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Master bedroom renovations are on the rise. Most commonly they are being built out to accommodate a spacious master, large walk-in closets and roomy master bath. If you have considered making some changes to your master suite, then this read is for you. Not only will you have a sanctuary that is large enough to share with your partner; you will also be making a healthy investment, for re-sale purposes.

Make sure the actual bedroom is large enough to comfortably fit a king size bed. This means there should be enough room around the sides and at the end of the bed. It is also helpful to have space to place extra furniture pieces, like two wide night tables, a wide dresser and a robust lounge chair. It is important that there is enough room for larger furniture pieces, as well as space to move around.

It is a common misconception that carpet is desired in the bedroom. However buyers are looking for wood floors. They are easy to clean and area rugs are used to add your own style to the space. Either place a large area rug down or place two smaller rugs on either side of the bed.

A large walk in closet is always a good idea. In the master suite, typically two people share the space. Having a large closet that can house a two person wardrobe is always a smart choice. Buyers are always turned off by small closets and always very pleased to see a large walk in closet. Do yourself a favor and add this feature.

The en-suite is basically a large master bathroom that is located inside the master suite. This space should be large enough to house a bathtub, as well as a shower, a double vanity and a toilet room. Couples like having a water closet that provides privacy for the toilet area. Make sure there is ample cabinet space and storage where the double vanity is located. It also doesn’t hurt to have a linen closet in the en-suite as well. This adds more storage and makes it easier to keep the space organized and tidy.

When making over a master suite, keep in mind the king size bed, large closets and a large master bath for two people! You will enjoy the space now and if you ever decide to sell, this will add value to your home!

Avoid Making Crucial Design Mistakes

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

There are many common design mistakes that people are making without realizing it. Find out what you may be doing wrong and easily make the corrections; which will instantly improve your interior!

Hanging artwork too high is probably the most common design mistake. Hang art at eye level. We understand that everyone has a different eye level, given height differences. Average eye level is between 58”-60” above the floor. The center of the art work should be between 58 to 60 inches off the floor. Raise the art up about five inches for ceilings ten feet or higher.

Pushing furniture up to the wall is a mistake. It seems logical in one’s brain to push the furniture right up to the wall, because you think it will give your space more room. However the trick to furniture groupings is to create an intimate space that is somewhat pulled together. Leave at least one to three inches between a furniture piece and the wall. Think about this, if all the surrounding pieces are pushed right up to the wall, the space plan is too vast and disconnected. Use area rugs to unite furniture groupings in larger rooms.

Placing a small rug in a large space happens more often than not. This will result in a disproportional look. If you have a rug that you are dying to use, place it on top a larger monochromatic rug. This will stretch the proportions out and still allow you to use the rug that you love.

Using worn out or flat accent pillows. Accent pillows can become flat after some time. Typically accent pillow’s outer fabric has a zipper. This allows you to replace the filling when the core has become flat. Down filled pillows need to be fluffed after each use. You may also want to add some extra down filling, if you have had the pillows for a while. Flat pillows make a room look tired. This is a common mistake that can easily be rectified.

Take a look around your interior to check for any of the above mistakes. The mistakes in this read can easily be corrected yourself!

Designing a Guest Bathroom

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While the spare bathroom doesn’t always get much use, it is important to ensure that it is well designed.

Yes, guest bathrooms gives homeowners an opportunity to create a space that is welcoming and comfortable. Since these washrooms aren’t used daily you can make bold and unique choices when it comes to designing the interior.

Before you begin selecting accessories, floorings, and wall colors; you should first consider the layout of the bathroom. Are you working with a fairly small or a large space? Often, the guest bathroom doesn’t require much storage options since it’s likely that your guest will not have large quantities of items to store. Therefore, when decorating you don’t have to place much emphasis on utility.

Perhaps the best part of designing a guest bathroom is that you can experiment with patterns and colors that you would normally consider too bold for other areas of the home. After you have analyzed the current layout of the bathroom, it is time to formulate a distinct design that you’re interested in implementing. Do you want to create a rustic feel or try a funky loud wall color? Try utilizing unique fixtures and furniture pieces. You can find different pieces at thrift stores and boutiques. Remember, the sky is really the limit.

Even though your guests stay is temporary you still want them to be comfortable. Give your guests a hotel-like experience by adding function. You can stock the guest bathroom vanity with amenities such as toothpaste, soap and towels. Additionally, ensure that the bathroom is sparkling clean and free from clutter.

Adding a Backsplash to your Contemporary Kitchen

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Ready to take your kitchen’s decor to the next level? Then you might want to consider installing a backsplash. Gone are the days when the typical backsplash were boring tile pieces or a thin piece of silver behind the stove area. Intricately designed backsplashes featuring all kinds of colors and patterns have become increasing popular in the contemporary kitchen. How can you get on the wave of this trend?

While a backsplash can add interest to any style of kitchen, it can really benefit a contemporary kitchen. With it’s stark lines and clean contours this style of kitchen can feel impersonal and lack feeling. Therefore, adding a backsplash will bring some character to area. Once you’ve decided to incorporate this into your design scheme, here’s how you can successfully execute it.

Keep the Backsplash Cohesive With Your Design

If you’re simply interested in adding just a bit of style and not making a bold statement than you want to be sure that your backsplash blends in with your the decor of your kitchen while adding a bit of pizzazz. The key is to choose the appropriate material and give consideration to how your backsplash tiles are installed.

Elaborate Design Scheme

If you really want to make your kitchen pop and make a bold statement than you should select an elaborate backsplash design scheme. For instance, if your kitchen features a lot of neutral colors such as white or black, you can install a red backsplash. The way the field tiles are placed can also create emphasis. Take a look at how color was implemented in this contemporary kitchen.

When selecting a backsplash be sure to think outside the box. Yes, your unique ideas can lead to a super stylish kitchen.

Types of Shower Doors

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Shower doors make a great addition to many bathrooms. They can be elegant or contemporary, clear or opaque, and they can be crafted to fit just about any size or shape of shower or tub for a perfect fit. That said, there are still several choices that you can make when it’s time to purchase a shower door or enclosure for your bathroom. Because your choice can have an impact on the style and function of the room, it’s important to take a look at all the various options as you make your decision.

Sliding Doors

Sliding shower doors are most commonly used on tubs, but can also be used on some larger walk in showers as well. Like the name implies, they are installed on a track, with one moveable and one stationary panel. The panel slides to give you access to the shower and slides back again to enclose the space.

French Doors

Some people don’t like sliding doors because they block a section of the tub or shower even when open. This can be problematic for bathing small children, for example, as well as for cleaning. French doors are often the answer to this problem. They mount on a tub or shower curb, and both panels open out into the room, giving you full access to the area behind them.

Splash Panels

Some large walk-in showers don’t need to be fully enclosed because the shower head is far enough away from the rest of the room to not spray everything around it. These showers, therefore, can use what’s called a splash panel. This is a fixed pane of glass that just protects the area closest to the shower head from spray; the rest of the shower remains open.

Frameless

Frameless shower enclosures are one of the most popular. Rather than having a metal frame around the perimeter of the enclosure, the doors use only clips to mount them to the walls and to each other. This gives a very clean, minimalist look to the enclosure, and makes it appear as though there is nothing in the way, letting you enjoy the look and design of the shower itself, rather than of the door.

Upgrades for a Spa like Bathroom

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There are ways to create a spa like bathroom at home. A few choice upgrades will transform a regular residential bathroom into a luxurious in-home spa. Read along to find out what selections we suggest to create this reality.

Create your own steam room within your shower. Steam generators are expensive, however there is a way to make your own steam shower. Have the glass installed all the way to the ceiling. There needs to be a vent in the ceiling above the shower, which can be opened and closed. When the vent is closed the steam will accumulate and create the effects of a steam room. With that being said a shower bench is necessary. Having a place to sit and relax during a steam is very important. When upgrading your shower, have a bench installed, which serves more than one purpose. It is a place to sit and relax during a steam and it is easier for women to shave their legs.

When selecting the fixtures for the shower, consider a nice big rain shower head. A rain shower head will provide more water for a more enjoyable shower and rinse. If you really want a spa like feel you may want to install body spray jets in the ceiling or walls of the shower.

Heated floors are a luxurious feature that will really make your bathroom feel like a spa. Basically electrical wiring that generates heat is installed underneath the floors. A feature like this is especially appropriate in colder climates. No matter where you live it is always nice to get out of the shower or bath and have a nice warm floor to walk on.

A heated towel rod is perfect for an in home spa. It warms your towel while you are in the shower. There is nothing better than having a warm towel to wrap up in after bathing.

Making these select upgrades will truly transform a regular bathroom into a spa like sanctuary!

8 Unique and Stylish Flooring Ideas

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We think you’ll absolutely love these suggestions! If you think standard or conservative flooring designs are beautiful, but don’t feel quite like they match your personality, you’re sure to find something intriguing on this list.

  1. Using tape to outline a faux rug on a solid color floor. Say what? Yes, we know it sounds odd but people are doing it and loving it. Talk about versatility! You can pull it up and redesign as often as you like. If you’re not very concerned about versatility but you love this idea, go ahead and use paint instead of tape.

  2. Tinted wood floors. These are far more subtle than painted wood but still provide you with the opportunity to blend in a little color. Indigo, for example is a beautiful tint on a floor and it hides dirt really well.

  3. Polished cement floors. So chic and understated. Looks good in many different environments, such as a city loft or rustic kitchen.

  4. Floral floor tile designs. This is adorable in any room that is very feminine or botanical. To achieve, mix and match hexagonal tiles to create a pattern that looks like you have big beautiful flowers all over the floor.

  5. Weathered wide plank floors. These have tons of character because of their age and size. Perfect in masculine settings or country homes.

  6. Patterned wood floors. Accomplished by using planks all one color, and the staining them in a pattern. Similar to the way tile floors mix tiles to create shapes. So, staining sections of the wood in the shape of multiple squares for example. You can also do stenciled wood floors using a stencil and contrasting color finish.

  7. Antique tiles from around the world. This would require you to be very good at scavenger hunts in order to compile a collection of coordinating tiles large enough to cover a floor. But it sure looks amazing when it’s done.

  8. High gloss wood. This is very glamorous, but also tricky to maintain. So don’t go for this idea unless you are a neat freak!