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Healthy, Wealthy & Wise November

Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

Published Exclusively for Clients of National Dusters.


It’s only new once. Remember when your carpet was brand new? You vowed you would take your shoes off when you came into the house and vacuum twice a week. No eating in the living room! If anything spilled, you cleaned it up immediately. While these are great promises to make to yourself, even the best-kept carpet needs to be cleaned regularly. And, if you are willing to admit that you have perhaps slacked off on these promises, your carpet might need to be cleaned more than you realize. In addition, there are other things you can do to keep your carpets looking great.

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Your Carpet can “Look” New Again

Many people get their carpets cleaned and suddenly they see their carpet through new eyes, saying, “My carpets look like new!” It’s true, cleaning your carpets can make them look so much better that it almost feels like you have new carpet all over again. But, like everything else, carpet ages.

Color is usually the most important factor in how a carpet looks. As long as the color looks vibrant and there are no major spots or stains, most of us are quite happy with the look of our carpet.

But why does the color start to look tired after a few years even after our best efforts at cleaning? Why can’t we make it look new again? Isn’t that dull, lifeless appearance in the traffic areas just dirt? No doubt, dirt is a contributing factor, but there are three other factors that cause carpet to look old: abrasion, crushing and pile distortion.

Abrasion – Dirt is loose particulate soil tracked in from outside, including mud, pollution, pollen and gritty minerals that scratch and dull the surface of carpet fibers. This abrasion changes the way light reflects off of the scratched fibers so colors are muted. We call this permanent condition loss of luster. This is the primary reason that colors lose their vibrancy. Imagine a car that is scratched with sandpaper. No amount of cleaning can bring back the luster.

Pile crush – Areas that are subject to a lot of foot traffic will crush down and lose some pile height. The carpet loses its soft, fluffy appearance and feel. How severely depends on the fiber type, yarn density, pile depth and quality of carpet pad.

Pile distortion – When pile yarns lose their twist or the yarns are aligned in different directions, high traffic areas can appear dull and dingy. Once the carpet pile has become distorted it cannot be corrected. Some carpets are more prone to this type of appearance change than others.

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Keeping Your Carpets Looking New Longer

Here are a few tips you can use to keep your carpet looking newer longer:

  • Keep soils out of the home as much as possible. Use doormats at all entrances and take off your shoes when coming in from outside.
  • Regular vacuuming is the best thing you can do to reduce damage caused by gritty dirt.
  • In areas where there is a lot of traffic, you can reduce wear by rearranging furnishings to redirect traffic.
  • Use carpet runners to limit crushing and pile distortion.
  • Regular cleaning before your carpet looks dirty is an important line of defense. Once soils have built up to the point of being obvious the damage is already done.
  • Applying a professional carpet protector after every cleaning is another great way to assure your carpet stays beautiful longer.

Remember, carpet is only new once but with care you can keep it looking good for years to come.

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Kitchen Cleaning Tips – From Cabinet to Countertop

Every kitchen needs a deep clean now and then. Sometimes, though it may appear clean, there’s deep seeded grime that you may not realize is a problem through daily use. Let’s get right into it and point out some great kitchen cleaning tips – from cabinet to countertop.

Cleaning Stone Countertops

Refresh your granite or stone. You can remove most coffee, juice or other stains with a hydrogen peroxide / water solution. Kitchen designer Florence Perchuk, says a few drops of ammonia added to this solution does the ultimate trick. For everyday wear and tear of your stone countertops, buff away small scratches with superfine dry steel wool called “grade 0000.”

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What is the Best Way to Clean Grout?

One of the best home remedies out there is to mix baking soda and water together as a homemade cleaner. Pour half a cup of baking soda into 2 gallons of water. The baking soda cleaner should take most stains out of grout, as well. If there are tough stains, don’t flood the grout with a cleaner – that is not effective. For serious discoloration you need to call in a pro. Removing the grout is only necessary when it’s cracked and water can seep through and damage the floor underneath.

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How to Shine Your Kitchen Floors

The endless task of presenting your home in a brilliant fashion, starts with the gathering place for family, friends and company – the kitchen. So how do you keep those floors beautiful? Shine your kitchen floors with vinegar. For wood floors, get yourself a bucket and mix nine parts warm water to one part white vinegar. Its an inexpensive, age-old trick that makes your floors dazzle with sparkle!

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How to Remove Tarnish from Brass, Pots & Pans

Wait for it… KETCHUP. That’s right, ketchup. Now there’s a better use for Americans to re-purpose their ketchup desires. And it won’t even matter if high fructose corn syrup is in it or not. To remove tarnish from copper and brass fixtures, pots, and pans, just dab some onto a soft cloth and gently rub. Finish by rinsing with warm water.

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De-Gunk Your Cabinets

Every kitchen has this problem; cabinet “gunk”.  Bacon grease, boiling water, sautéing veggies, etc. It all gets in that wood and all over your hardware. What to do? This DIY cleaning staple is as widely known (or an unknown hidden gem..) as vinegar and baking soda.

Make a solution that is one part vegetable oil and two parts baking soda. This will result in a magical solution for cleaning gunky kitchen cabinets. Work the wood with a sponge, old toothbrush or maybe even your hands. Whatever works!

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Little Unknown Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Now for the fun stuff; the stuff we use everyday that probably irritates you.

How to Clean Your Blender

This is a tip that has  cropped up on the internet. After you pour your smoothie or drink from your blender, take the pitcher straight to the sink. Put in a little water and a drop of dish soap, then put it back on the blender, and turn it on for 20 seconds. Rinse it out and you’re done. BOOM!

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How to Power Clean Your Microwave

The quickest way to clean a microwave oven is to place a handful of wet paper towels inside and run it on High for about 3 minutes. The steam from the towels will soften everything sticking to the walls. Once the paper towels are safe to touch, simply pick them up and sue them to wipe the interior of the microwave down.

To deodorize the microwave, combine 1 cup of water with a half cup of lemon juice in a measuring cup or a mug and also heat it on high for about 3 minutes. Let it stand for 10 minutes or so afterward and you’re now smelling sweet!

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How to Refresh Your Coffee Pot

Your coffee pot, we suspect, is the most used item in your home. If you have a glass pot in your setup, it can very quickly develop a brown haze all over, especially if you leave it warming for long periods of time. The quickest cure we can find to eliminating this grossness involves ice, salt and a lemon.

Fill the empty jug a quarter full of ice. Cut the lemon into quarters and squeeze two of the quarters into the jug. Add 2 tablespoons of salt. Swirl the mixture in the jug for 2 minutes and the inside surface will quickly come clean. Rinse it out; you’re ready to fuel up again!

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Clean Your Cast Iron Pans

If you’re a Chef or cook of sorts, you know that you should never use liquid soap on a cast-iron pan and never scrub it with anything abrasive if you want to maintain its well-oiled nonstick surface. And you absolutely should NEVER run them through the dishwasher. So should you clean it?

One simple answer. SALT. If the pan will not rinse clean with water and a soft dishcloth, rub it with a few tablespoons of salt and a paper towel, and rinse. You can replenish the oil film by coating the inside surface of the pan with a dab of cooking oil.

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These are some of our favorite DIY kitchen cleaning tips and solutions that are out there for you to try. However, all of this still begs the question… Do you have the time and energy to do all of this work?

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