Six Techniques for Your Carpet Cleaning Cheatsheet

If you live in a flat or in a bungalow that has a carpeted area, then you know how much effort is needed in order to keep it clean and smelling fresh. If you have children or pets, then your carpet cleaning challenges are probably twice as difficult. To make life easier, this article will offer six carpet cleaning tips so you can maintain a clean, sanitary environment. 1. Position Your Mats at Doorways Outdoor shoes are a main culprit for bringing in dirt, mud, debris, moisture and bacteria into a dwelling. Placing mats in front of all of your access points gives people an opportunity to clean the bottom of their shoes before they enter a residence. Door mats are specifically designed to remove and capture unwanted filth. 2. Vacuum Your Carpet Weekly It is highly advisable to vacuum your carpet at least once a week. This will help with the removal of pet dander, dust, dirt and other debris. You should always remove toys, power cords, large objects and other items before you vacuum. You should also vacuum in a horizontal and vertical pattern because carpet fibres are designed in a twist configuration, which makes it difficult to clean when you vacuum in one direction. 3. Spot Cleaning Goes a Long Way When a beverage, food or product has spilled onto a carpet, it should be treated immediately with a spot cleaning solution. Commercial stain removal products are available on the market for moderate and heavy stains; however, simple household solutions like a mixture of water and a small amount of white vinegar or dish detergent is...

Seven Steps to a Happier, Less Cluttered Entryway

How often do you find yourself throwing everything on the floor when you enter your home? It’s a common problem, but keep reading and you’ll soon have many ideas for organizing that pesky, cluttered entryway!   Place a mat on both sides of the door. A welcome mat will give people a place to wipe their feet on the outside and a mat to take their shoes off on the inside so no amount of water, mud, or snow will ruin your clean home.      Keep things off the floor with over-the-door hangers. These are great for coats, scarves, dog leashes, backpacks, and anything else you find that hangs. Hanging everything will take the clutter off the floor and put it behind the door.   Give everyone a destination zone with baskets labelled with their name and color. A destination zone is a home for all the little items a person brings in: change, keys, pencils, notes to be signed, mail, and much more. You can also make a basket just for mail, and another for a first-aid kit, which should always be kept near the entry way in case of an injury while the kids (or spouse) are playing.      Keep baskets organized on a shelving unit. Keeping the baskets up on furniture instead of down on the floor will maintain the decluttered, clean-lined look of the entryway. Put kids’ baskets down lower and adults’ baskets up higher, with shared baskets such as mail and first-aid in the middle.   Put a shoe rack next to the door, preferably one with two rows, one for outside...