Home maintenance tips to brighten up your space

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Is your home in need of a makeover? Is it looking a little gray and boring? Could it do with some brightening up? If so, don’t despair – help is at hand in the form of these clever, money-saving tips that are sure to bring new vigor and energy into any home.

Few people can afford to start knocking walls down or purchasing new furniture sets. However, even something as simple as a new set of drapes for the living room can radically transform the ambience of the living space, and you don’t have to spend a fortune.

A fresh coat of paint

Repainting a room really can make it feel like a whole new space. Try adding a bright feature wall to the boring white walls of your living room, or even adding some color to a kitchen or dining room. If you don’t feel like repainting entire rooms, consider repainting dining room chair sets or kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen makeover

The doors to kitchen cabinets and cupboards start to show signs of wear and tear far more quickly than the cabinets themselves, and people often replace their entire kitchen cabinetry needlessly when they could simply have purchased new doors. Unless your kitchen was custom-built, most cabinet doors come in standard sizes, and replacing them will cost far less than a whole new unit. Your cupboards will get a new lease of life with new doors that will not only be brighter but will be brought right up-to-date with modern design trends.

New upholstery

Similarly, it is not always necessary to buy a new sofa or a new dining suite: reupholstering lounge and dining room furniture in bold, bright patterns and colors can bring much needed splashes of color to even the most conservative of rooms. If reupholstering your sofa seems like a very complicated task, fitted sofa covers are now available to fit most standard sizes, which are extremely practical as they can be removed and machine washed.

Carpet cleaning

Carpets can become so stained and grimy that their original color and pattern can be hard to detect underneath all the dog hairs, ground-in dirt and general wear. Do it yourself or get a professional company such as Ottawa Carpet Cleaning to do the job for you – you’ll be surprised by the effect a clean carpet will have.

New drapes

Invest in some new drapes for the living room or bedrooms – or even consider updating to blinds or wooden shutters, which can add a cleaner look and are very contemporary. Remember that a bright room does not need to be filled with bold colors or patterns – a clean, fresh look can be obtained by optimizing the flow of natural light – and here, blinds can make a real difference.

Anyone can brighten up their home, whatever the budget. Rooms and living spaces can be transformed over the space of a weekend with a few choice design ideas and a surprisingly small amount of effort.

How To Avoid 4 Carpet Cleaning Rip-Offs

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

HOW TO AVOID 4 CARPET CLEANING RIP-OFFS

RIP-OFF #1: UNBELIEVABLY LOW PRICE.

To some degree, all of us are attracted by low price because we want to work within a budget.  But some carpet cleaners use price as the bait for their false and misleading advertising.  They offer a cheap price–ususally between $4.95 and $9.95 per room, and then, once they’re in your home, they pressure you into buying “extras.”  It’s as if you were buying a car and found that the dealer was charging you extra for the tires and steering wheel.  Carpet cleaning is not as cheap as some unethical companies would like you to believe.

RIP-OFF #2: BAIT AND SWITCH.

Dual process carpet cleaning describes the process of applying a detergent or heavy preconditioning, followed with hot water extraction or rinsing.  Unfortunately, unethical carpet cleaners often use dual process as a bait-and-switch technique.  Here’s how it’s done:  First they “bait” you with a basic cleaning  (single process) at an unbelievably low price.  Then, when they arrive, they try to “switch” you to more expensive dual-process cleaning.  If you don’t fall for their switch and choose their basic service, you’ll likely receive poor workmanship using little more  than plain water and they will not guarantee their work.

RIP- OFF #3: UNSUPPORTED CLAIMS.  “THIS CLEANING METHOD IS THE BEST.”

You’ll read this in almost every ad.  You’ll hear this from virtually every carpet cleaner.  Remember this:  the method that’s best for you is the method that achieves your goal.  If you want a method that dries quickly, then a method that takes a long time to dry isn’t the best for you.  So before you choose a carpet cleaner, identify your objectives.  Then select the method that best reaches those objectives.  Making sure the company stands behind their work with a 100% money-back guarantee lets you know they’re serious about doing the job right.

RIP-OFF #4: OUTDATED BELIEFS “CLEANED CARPETS TAKE DAYS TO DRY.”

Years ago many people believed you had to soak your carpets with lots of soaps and water to get them clean.  But today we know this is false.  Over wetting and sticky soaps can cause mold and bacteria problems as well as damage the carpet and floor beneath.  Obviously each carpet cleaner will be biased towards his own method, and each method does have advantages.  I suggest a good place to start is by making sure the company you choose is a CRI (Carpet & Rug Institute) accredited firm with trained, certified technicians who know how to properly clean all types of carpets and perform advanced spotting.