I had a friend ask me the other day, “How do I get the husband and kids to stop tracking the fall leaves in the house and on the floors?” Sadly, there is no magic fix but there are some steps you can take to help.
Fall Leaves and Sidewalks
If leaves are there, they will attach to the footwear. Keeping the steps and sidewalks clean is the first step. Sweeping the stairs and sidewalks daily is the simplest thing to do and will help a lot. In spite of this, some leaves are still going to make it in.
Fall Leaves and Door Mats
Door mats at all entrance ways also help, as will rugs inside the entrance. If possible, make the family take their shoes off and place them in a shoe tray or on a rug set aside for that purpose. Be sure to clean the mats regularly to keep them working efficiently for you.
Fall Leaves and Boot Brush
If you have both mud and leaves, consider placing a boot brush or a car windshield brush by the door. They can use the brush to help clean off the worst of it. If they are really muddy, have them take the footwear off before they enter the house.
Fall and Carpet Cleaning
Fall is a great time to get your carpet cleaned here in Northern Virginia. The kids are back in school and the holidays are just around the corner. As the trees drop their leaves it is time to start making the home warm and cozy. Cleaning the carpet or tile and grout is great way to get started.
Your outdoor faucet is one of the things you should think about inspecting and winterizing now. As autumn has arrived in Northern Virginia, so have the cooler nights and a hard freeze is surely just around the corner.
Your outdoor faucet can be called by various names. It can be called a hose bib, a sill cock or a wall hydrant as well as a faucet and as my momma says, “Spigot”.
Some of today’s newer homes come with new “freeze proof” faucets. These faucets extend farther back inside the house where it is warmer and therefore should not freeze. However, even these faucets can benefit from some easy maintenance.
Pet vomit will stain quickly so clean it up as soon as you notice it. It is not a pleasant subject, but no matter how careful you are, pets do get sick or eat something they should not. The favorite spot to get rid of it always seems to be the carpet. When this happens, try to take care of it as soon as possible.
For some of us, autumn is the allergy season. Forget about spring. We find all sorts of things are upsetting our respiratory systems at this time of year. The most common causes for allergies this time of year are mold, ragweed and dust mites.
Filtration Soiling – What is it?
Those ugly dark lines along the edges of the carpet, what is it? You’ve vacuumed regularly. You have even paid special attention to the baseboard and the edges of the carpet, but the edges still look dirty or discolored. It is not your fault. It is natural process that happens over time.
Back to school means different things to people. No matter who you are, the beginning of a new school year brings various emotions. One thing everyone will have in common is the new cleaning challenges that back to school will bring.
Spilled wax on carpets isn’t fun for anyone. As summer winds down and autumn nears the stores are bringing out candles in harvest scents. It is hard to resist the comforting fragrance and glow of candlelight. What do you do when you happen to spill some wax on your carpet though?
VOC: What is it?
If you have been shopping for new carpet you may have seen tags saying “low VOC” or something similar. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. If you are like me, when you see the word “organic” you think it means good things. In this case it doesn’t mean healthy food. This has to do with air quality. Everything gives off gases naturally or “organically”. The higher the VOC, the more gases are given off. The new car smell is from VOC and so is the new carpet smell, adhesive smells etc.
Berber Carpet – What is is?
Berber carpet is one of the most popular carpets on the market today. It is made by looping the yarns through the carpet backing. It is very durable and spill resistant. It can be made of nylon, olefin, polyester or wool. The wool and nylon versions have a cushiony feel and are comfortable.
Yesterday’s rain here in Northern Virginia had people reaching for umbrellas and listening to flash flood alerts. For some, it also meant a wet carpet. While prevention is the best thing to do, sometimes things happen that are out of our control.