Getting Rid of Reappearing Spots

There are spots, and then there are annoying spots that magically reappear even after you clean them. Theses bad boys can be a pain in the behind, but if you know how to clean them properly, you can stop their reappearing act.

One of the major causes of this problem is called “wicking.” Wicking happens when there’s a large amount of liquid that causes the spot. This could happen with urine, soda spills or any other spill with a large volume of liquid where the liquid saturates the carpet and gets to the backing of the carpet or through to the pad. Over time the liquid will make its way up to the top of the fibers, and voila, the stain reappears.  If you have your carpets professionally cleaned, then this wicking problem is not very likely to happen.

Another major cause of reappearing spots is called residue spots. Residue spots are leftover residue that’s left from the spot itself or from the cleaning agent. This happens when oily residues occur, like with lotions, adhesive or from improper cleaning.  It’s not quite visible on its own, but dirt and dust stick to the area, making it a visible spot that a vacuum can’t pick up. Use proper and aggressive spot cleaning techniques to get rid of residue spots.

Remember that most of these reappearing spots can be removed by professional carpet cleaners; however, if they are permanent, a legitimate carpet cleaning business will tell you up front that there’s a chance the spot will not be removed.

Choosing Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile keeps your home cool, is easy to clean and maintain, and comes in a variety of colors and styles. That is why ceramic tile is such a popular choice in many households. In addition, ceramic tile can go anywhere in the house, from a dining room, to the living room, bathrooms and anywhere else. However, before you choose what type of flooring you want in your home or a particular room, you should know the pros and cons of having ceramic tile.

First off, if you’re looking to resell your home sometime in the future, changing your flooring to ceramic tile may possibly boost the resale value. This is because tile is one of the most cost-effective flooring in the market today because of its low maintenance, and because it’s very easy to clean. Every now and then, you do need to get down and dirty and clean the grout lines to prevent them from getting clogged with dirt. Most of the time, ceramic tile only requires a good sweeping or wiping to clean up the dirt.

Ceramic tile is very durable and resilient, so much so that it was used by the Romans. It is resistant to many curve balls, such as fires, moisture and scratches, so it has a long life-span. Not only that, but ceramic tile is very easy to install, and you can even install it yourself. Go to your local home improvement shop and you will find all the necessary tools for this DIY procedure that includes gauging, installation of ceramic tile, and grouting.

With ceramic tile, there are numerous amounts of styles to choose from with a vast array of colors, as well as different finishes and textures. Any design you want on the ceramic tile is most likely possible, so it can be used for any type of household or even a work area.

Picking the Right Carpet Type

Style vs. substance is applicable to many things in life, including your choice of carpet. The type of carpet you choose will determine how easy it is to clean and maintain your home. The fiber type and construction of your carpet will give you an idea of how hard or how easy it will be to clean the carpet.

So, how much time and maintenance are you willing to spend on cleaning your carpets? The carpet you choose will determine all of that, so choose wisely. In choosing carpet types, Nylon is probably the most popular and best selling carpet fiber. It’s a bit more expensive than Polyester, but it does well with mildew and high traffic areas. Additionally, it’s wear-resistant and reacts well to movement of the furniture, as well as the weight. If you’re looking for the best all-around carpet type, Nylon may be where your search stops. Here are the other types of carpet you can get:

Olefin: This type resists staining, moisture, and color fading pretty well; it just doesn’t do very well with oily soils. This type of carpet would work best in a playroom, since it’s water resistant.

Polyester: This type is resistant to most water-soluble stains and can be easily cleaned; however, it doesn’t do very well against wear and tear. This may work for green-minded folks, as some polyester carpet is made from recycled soda bottles.

Wool Fiber: This type of carpet is luxurious, and is pretty expensive. It is resilient to traffic and wear, and is very soft. On the other hand, it doesn’t resist stains well and may turn yellow in long periods under the sun.

Another option is to use blends and combine characteristics of different fibers.

Anyways, choose your carpets wisely and make sure it’s appropriate for the type of room your putting it in. Do your research!