Before You Decorate…

November 24, 2009

Whenever I want to redecorate a room, the first thing I do is empty it. I do not want old pieces of furniture or old color schemes effecting my decisions about the new direction for the room. Most of the time, my decorating projects do not include changes in the flooring because that is quite messy and time consuming. Paint is easy and cheap but ripping up carpet or refinishing wood floors is complicated and expensive. Therefore, if I am leaving the carpet in place, there is one more thing I have to do before proceeding with my décor planning. I need to shampoo the carpets. You want to make sure that you are starting with a truly blank canvas. You want the carpets to show their true color and texture which can only be seen after a good thorough carpet cleaning.

If you do not own a carpet shampooer then you have two choices. First, you could rent a carpet shampoo machine. There are machines available for rent at local hardware superstores like Home Depot or Lowes. My local grocery store even has some carpet cleaner that you can rent by the day . If you rent a machine, you will have to purchase carpet shampoo to use with the machine. If you do not want to take the time, another option is to hire a carpet shampoo service. This would be a group of people who come out to your home and clean your carpets for you. Of course, this option is much more expensive, but it does save your time.

Keeping Grout Clean

November 1, 2009

When you are decorating a bathroom or kitchen that has a tile floor or tile walls, a very important part of your decorating decision is the grout. Tile grout comes in many colors and textures and the choice for texture and color is made to accentuate the colors or patterns in the tile or other decorating elements in the room. Homeowners may understand the importance of the tile grout when they are picking it out, but they quickly forget as time goes on. As time passes, dirt, grime, mold, and mildew change the color or texture of your grout and completely change the look of the room. People need to remember to keep their grout clean so that they can continue to appreciate the decorating decisions made in the beginning. Therefore, with that in mind, people often wonder about what the best grout cleaners are.

If you have let things get bad, then an oxygen bleach solution would probably be your best choice. Oxygen bleach products like OxiClean, are not as toxic as chlorine bleach products, but they are just as effective. Mix one cup of oxygen bleach powder with two gallons of water and test the solution on a small inconspicuous spot of your tile grout to make sure that it does not adversely affect the grout. Once you are confident there will be no erosion or damage to the grout, pour the solution over an area of tile and grout and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Then scrub with circular motions.