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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How To Spruce Up Your Kitchen For Under $1,000

A full kitchen renovation can cost north of
20,000. Besides a new coat of paint and some
new hardware, here are some dandy ways to
spruce up your kitchen for under $1,000.

1. Replace undepowered bulbs and flush mount
ceiling lights.

Insufficient lighting is a big reason why many older
kitchens look dated and dingy.  So, for a few hundred
dollars, you could replace "flush mount" overhead
lighting fixtures with "semi-flush fixtures. They extend
down a foot from the ceiling. They are more attractive
and do a better job of distributing light in the room.
One example is the Feiss.Com Boulevard Indoor Semi-
Flush Mount light in oil-rubbed bronze for $159.

2. Install laminate countertops and backsplashes
that look like high-end stone.

A good pick would be Formica 180fx laminate that
mimics marble, granite or tavertine. Yet, it can be found
for $100 to $200 per 48 inch x 96 inch sheet.You
could have it installed for about $1,000. Granite would
be twice that. If new countertops aren't in your budget
then consider installing a painted bead board backsplash.
They cost around $20 per 48 inch by 8 inch panel.
You could also choose large 18 inch by 18 inch tiles
which mean less tiles and grout work for less than $3
a square foot. 

3. Replace the countertop microwave.
For under $200, you could replace an old or low
end microwave with a new one that looks modern
and stylish.

4. Update the inside of your cabinets with roll-
outs, stacked shevles, and cutlery holders.

Besides painting your kitchen cabinets, you can
purchase aftermarket kitchen products that can
transform old cabinets into modern functional
storage spaces. The ContainerStore.Com has the best
selection.

5. Add a rolling or free standing island.
These are available at home centers for $500 or less
as opposed to permanent islands that cost thousands.
However, they're not right for every kitchen. If there
isn't room to position the island at least 36 inches from
the main kitchen counters, it will make the kitchen
feel cramped. If you decide on a rolling island, make
sure its wheels lock if you have vinyl or softwood
kitchen floors. Also, the island should be relatively
light weight so it won't damage your flooring.

6. Install or expand moldings
Crown moldings, which run along the top edge of
walls, decorative baseboards which run along the
bottom edge, and decorative door and window
casings can make a plain kitchen seem upscale.
An example would be to replace standard two
inch high baseboards with decorative five inch
baseboards. These all can be done for under $500
if you tackle it yourself.

7. Hang colorful window coverings
Brightly colored kitchen curtains or shades can
instantly make a dull kitchen seem more stylish
and interesting. In fact, it is the cheapest and
easiest way to update a kitchen that has mostly
whites and neutral tones.

How To Argue With A Teen

The most formidable adversary in an argument may be a young teen.

Between the ages of 10 and 13, conflicts with parents surge. Children this age become more independent and begin to forge their identities. At the same time, brain development makes them more impulsive, sensation-seeking and sensitive to peer pressure. The tumult can take parents by surprise, especially because the period right before adolescence is often relatively harmonious.

For parents, learning how to effectively argue with teens and young teens is crucial. Navigating disagreements over screen time and sleepovers sets the stage for conflicts over bigger issues—like sex and alcohol—that come up later.

Therapists say argumentative young teens are healthy ones. They are learning how to handle disagreements and advocate for their own point of view, skills that are critical for successfully navigating adult relationships. Arguments also indicate that children are separating from their parents and asserting themselves.

"It is worrying if [arguing] doesn't happen," says Brad  a family psychologist in  Md. More deferential children "may not be doing the hard work necessary to forge an independent identity."

Carl , a counseling psychologist  in Texas, notes that arguments also give parents important information about what is going on with their children and what is important to them. "What you don't want is a mystery child," he says.


What's the best way to quarrel with a young teen? Psychologists say certain strategies are key. First, figure out what you're willing to compromise on. Alan Kazdin, a professor of psychology and child psychiatry at Yale University, advises parents to imagine 10 years in the future. Then, compromise on things that are temporary (like goth makeup or laundry strewn on the floor) and stand firm on things that could be permanent (tattoos).

"Where parents go wrong is they have the view of the slippery slope. If I give in here, it will all fall apart. The opposite is true." When parents are rigid, children are more likely to be more oppositional, he says.

He suggests that parents instead come up with three possible solutions and let the child choose. He also says parents should listen to their child's point of view, banish the sarcasm and name-calling and refrain from bringing up past behavior. But parents shouldn't accept disrespectful language from their children either: Warn them that the discussion will be over if they keep it up. Praising teens when they are being civil is important, too, and much more effective at changing behavior than levying punishments.

While it is obviously tempting, yelling isn't helpful either. Children can feel intimidated or overpowered and they are likely to miss the lessons parents are trying to teach. Teens will also be more likely to resort to yelling in their adult relationships.

Adrienne  says most of her arguments with her daughter Jaylen, 11, revolve around the child cleaning her room (she resists) and taking a shower in the evening (she delays, wanting to watch one more YouTube video or spend a bit more time with Pok√©mon Go).

Most of the arguments between Jaylen 11, and her parents, Adrienne and Paul, occur when Jaylen resists cleaning her room and delays taking her shower.

Try This at Home

  • MOM: Time to turn off your phone.
  • TEEN: But I just need to finish this game. And all my friends get to stay up later. Five minutes later.
  • MOM: You need sleep. Remember, we've already agreed that this is the time the phone goes off. You know the consequences: no phone time tomorrow.
  • TEEN: That's a stupid rule. You never let me do anything. You're mean.
  • MOM: I'm sorry you feel that way. But that's not how we talk to each other in this family. If you keep using disrespectful language, the conversation is over. TEEN grumbles and rolls eyes but acquiesces.
  "I'm really tired and I really don't feel like getting up," says Jaylen, a sixth-grader  about her evening showers. Raising her voice, mom  finds, doesn't work. Jaylen "turns it around and asks, 'Why do you always have to yell?' "  Instead, Mom  has found that Jaylen is more likely to listen and not yell herself if she keeps her voice low and almost monotone.

When things get particularly heated, mom  has found that the most powerful parental move of all is to keep cool and walk away. A victory in an argument with a teen likely won't feel that satisfying to parents. Don't expect a "you're right."

Psychologists say that parents need to walk a fine line between being too lenient and too strict with young teens. If they are too permissive, they won't have the authority later on to set limits on activities that can be potentially dangerous. And if they quash arguments and require complete compliance, teens won't learn how to advocate for themselves and negotiate with others.

"They are more susceptible to peer pressure because they are not used to having any input," says Joseph P. Allen, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. "When their peers say, 'Let's go get a six-pack and drink it behind the school,' they say, 'OK.' "
Maya and Jeff  say they give their sons Mark, 13, and Tom 11,  a good amount of say in how the boys spend their free time, accommodating trips to the mall and meetups with friends. But the couple does have a few nonnegotiable rules. The boys aren't allowed to associate with children who use alcohol or drugs. And the brothers are required to attend important family functions, including each other's sporting events.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Seven Germiest Spots In Public Spaces

About 80% of all infections are caused by touch. That's why colds, flu and contagious disease go viral.  The biggest offenders are:

1. Coffee Cup Lids The University Of Arizona found that about 17% of disposable coffee lids placed on cups by coffee shop workers were contaminated with fecal bacteria. So skip the lid and pour the coffee into your own thermos cup or use self-serve coffee bars at convenience stores.

2. ATM Machines   A British study found that ATM machines were contaminated with the same level of bacteria as public toilets. So bring a disposable wipe to wipe the key pads or touch screen or clean your hands with a disposable wipe after using the machine.

3. Supermarket Checkout Conveyor Belts  A study by Michigan State found that most super market belts have mold, yeast and staph bacteria. So when you get home, wash your hands before opening cabinets and the refrigerator. Also, wash your hands again when you're done unpacking groceries. And don't forget to wash off the tops of cans before you open them.

4. Hotels  60% of all hotel bathtubs are contaminated with staph. Rinsing the tub doesn't help so you need mechanical action to remove the bio film. If you think you want to take a bath in a hotel room, then carry a small scrub brush and a few ounces of bleach with you.A solution of one part bleach and nine parts water plus a few drops of soap with kill most microbes in a few seconds.Hotel pillows are rarely laundered. So when you travel, always bring anti allergy  protective covers that you can wash when you come home.As soon as you check in, remove the bedspread and toss it to the side.To stay warm, request extra blankets which are laundered more often then bedspreads.

5. Tables If a serve wipes your table in a restaurant with a damp cloth, there's a 70% chance that the wipes table is contaminated with E. coli and other fecal bacteria. So when you go to a restaurant, wipe the table yourself with a disposable wipe.

6. Toilets The tops of the toilet seat might be clean, but your finger tips will become contaminated when you lift the seat. So use a disposable wipe or a thick layer of toilet paper to lift the seat. Also, if its an old style toilet that has a lid, close it before you flush. Flushing an old style toilet can spray bacteria droplets up to 20 feet. The new low flush toilets spray no more than one foot.

7. Carpets The carpets in public places can harbor some 200,000 bacteria per square inch.  That's thousands of times more than the average public toilet seat. Since hotels don't clean their carpets very often, then always wear socks,  request a pair of disposable scuffs, flip-flops or bring your own slippers.
If you work in any office in either Bucks County or Mercer County, and the carpets smell stale and are stained, and you can't recall the last time management cleaned the carpet, then the carpets are loaded with bacteria. Have your office manager or supervisor give us a call for a free no-obligation commercial carpet cleaning consultation. We'll green clean and restore the carpets like new and your boss must be happy or its free.

Why Do Dogs Do That?

Why do dogs walk in circles before lying down?

This behavior is likely left over when dogs slept outside. The theory is that walking in circles tramples down long grass, creating a smoother nest.

Why do dogs kick at the ground after defecating?

They're trying to spread the scent of their leavings over a large area as possible.

Why do dogs rip up paper products?

Soft paper feels like fur and feathers in the dog's mouth and even well-behaved dogs find that irresistible.

Why do dogs buy bones and other things but never retrieve them?

The leading theory is that dogs do not fully remember where they bury things. So if a dog experiences lean times, it will dig in the  general area and hope to get lucky.
 
Why do dogs chase their tails?

Typically, tail chasing happens when a dog is in a brightly lit area. The light causes the dog to notice it's shadow. While investigating the shadow, it notices its tail and a brief chase ensues.

 Why do dogs eat grass?

Dogs eat grass like anything else because they're hungry. Most dogs prefer the tops of new shoots since they have the most flavor.

Why do dogs eat their own feces?

For it's nutrients. Dogs intestinal tracts are relatively short, so they cannot absorb all the nutrients from food before its expelled. Eating feces allows them to run food through their system a second time and absorb the
nutrients that otherwise go to waste.

Why do some dogs bite after wagging their tails?

Because wagging does not mean a dog is friendly and happy. When a tail is held high and the wags are short and quick , the wag actually is meant as a warning - the dog is trying to tell you to back off. Friendly wags
are long and sweeping, with the tail typically held fairly low.

Why do dogs roll in disgusting smelly things?

It's actually a form of doggy camouflage. When wild dogs hunt, their odor sometimes gives them
away, their prey smells the dog and gets away. Rolling in something disgusting can mask the smell of a dog.

You love your pet, but "mistakes" do  happen

We know, because we love pets too. And sometimes there's a problem with pet odor among younger and
older pets. We'll the good news is that we ca help.    Here at Allstate, we've spared no expense in researching  the safest, most effective  organic methods of pet odor removal on the market today. All 100% guaranteed or its free.   If routine  pet odor removal methods just aren't working for you, then  give us a call.  Start enjoying your pet and your home  again today.

Why Men Don't Listen

British researcher Michael Hunter discovered  when women are speaking at great length, men tend to tune them out. Now men have a scientific excuse. Female voices  are more complex than male voices, making men's brains work harder when listening to them. The shape and size of female vocal cords lead women to speak with a greater range of sound frequencies than men. Women also have a more natural melody in their voices. Listening to female voices activates the auditory center of a main's brain, which must analyze the different sounds at the same time he's interpreting words. 

The $5,000 Secret Starbucks Prays You Never Find Out

For starters the average drink at Starbucks costs around $5. It costs Starbucks about 40 cents to make! The average person spends about $1,000 a year at Starbucks. Over 5 years, that's $5,000 you could save to buy a car, put a down payment on a house, invest in your 401K,  or take a luxury vacation. Also, the coffee you buy at Starbucks and other high price coffee shops usually isn't the best. It normally is not organic
and it's loaded with GMOS and pesticides since coffee is the most toxic crop in the world.

But if you really can't kick the Starbucks habit, then you can get your coffee at half price. High price coffee consists of expresso and milk. Some add chocolate or other flavors but the core ingredients are
espresso and milk. A latte is expresso filled to the top with milk.

So the next time you roll into Starkbucks, just order a shot of espresso in a to go cup, and then head for the
self-serve bar to make your own expensive coffee. Just add milk and chocolate and you're good to go. Doing this will save you $500 a year.

If you really like expensive lattes, then make your coffee at home. You can buy the best organic coffee for about $10 a pound. A good place to buy outstanding organic coffee cheap is PortoRico.Com in NYC. They've been around since 1907 and they'll ship right p to your door. Then make it at home with these 3 appliances for under $50:

 Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker

Aerolatte Milk Frother

Smart Cooler insulated stainless steel coffee cup

You'll be amazed at how great coffee really tastes when you make it at home with incredibly fresh organic coffee and  ingredients.In addition,  you'll save about 60 hours a year by not having to stop at Starbucks every morning. Plus you'll save at least $1,000 every year to buy a new phone or tablet.In five years, you'll save 5 grand.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Carpet Cleaning in Bordentown NJ

" If you're looking for an exceptional  certified organic green carpet cleaner and floor cleaner in Bordentown NJ then you came to right place.
That's because you get the most sparkling clean, fresh,fluffy, dry in one hour carpets you've ever seen or its free. 

Plus no matter where you live in Bordentown NJ 08505, we'll clean and restore all of your upholstery, drapes, ceramic tile, stone, vinyl and wood floors like new too. "

And it's all 100% risk free because you must be happy or its free. If you'd like a  free no charge, no-obligation expert evaluation of your fine furnishings anywhere in Bordentown NJ, then AllstateCleaning.Com is the company you should keep.

If you're looking for a professional  carpet cleaner in Bordentown NJ with a quarter century of experience, then call us today at 609-586-5833.  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How To Make Georgian Cheese Bread

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 4 ounces mild Cheddar or mozzarella cheese, grated and then finely chopped
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, well crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 large egg

For the dough:

  • 3 to 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea or kosher salt
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • Oil for baking sheets
  •  
  • Preparation

  • Place an oven rack at the lowest position. Preheat to 450 degrees.
  • To make the cheese filling, blend all the ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of the flour, the baking powder and salt. Add the yogurt, and stir well. Continue stirring in more flour until the dough has lost its stickiness and can be worked with your hands. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 to 4 minutes, until soft and slightly elastic.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. (Keep the remaining pieces covered with a cloth while you work with one piece of dough at a time.) Flatten a piece of dough with the lightly floured palm of your hand. Then, either stretching the dough or using a small rolling pin, flatten it out to a round 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of the cheese filling in the center.
  • Pinch the edges of the dough between your thumb and forefinger. Fold each side in, still leaving the center of the filling uncovered. Then, pinch around the new outer edge of the dough. Stretch the flaps inward so that the filling is covered completely, pleating excess dough as necessary. Pinch the pleats closed, and then, with the lightly floured palm of your hand, gently press down on the top of the mound to flatten it. Turn the bread over, and gently press down again on the bottom. This will push the filling out into the edges of the bread; it should be 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick and 7 to 8 inches in diameter.
  • Lightly oil the baking sheets. Place a filled bread on a prepared sheet, and continue making breads until the first baking sheet is full. Bake the breads for 5 to 6 minutes, then remove from the oven, slide into a basket lined with a cloth, and cover to keep warm. Prepare the remainder of the breads while the first batch bakes, and then bake in the same fashion.

Best Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Barbeque Sauce In The US

Ingredients

Servings: 8

Brine

  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 5 ounces kosher salt (½ cup Diamond Crystal or ¼ cup Morton)
  • ½ cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 3½–4-pound chickens, cut into 8 pieces each

Assembly

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • teaspoon ground fennel or finely ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Diamond Crystal or 1½ teaspoons Morton kosher salt, plus more
  • 2 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil (for frying; about 6 cups)
  •  

Special Equipment

  • A deep-fry thermometer
  •  

    Preparation

    Brine

    • Toast mustard, cumin, and fennel seeds in a large pot over medium-low heat, tossing often, until fragrant and mustard seeds are starting to pop, about 1 minute. Add salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves, and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Remove pan from heat and add 8 cups ice water, then chicken pieces. Cover pot with plastic wrap and chill chicken at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

    Assembly

    • Place 2 cups flour in a shallow bowl. Whisk cornstarch, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, fennel, 1 Tbsp. or 1½ tsp. salt, and remaining 4 cups flour in another shallow bowl to combine. Whisk eggs and buttermilk in a third shallow bowl to combine.
    • Remove chicken pieces from brine and pat dry; discard brine. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in plain flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg mixture, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Transfer chicken to bowl with seasoned flour and coat, packing all around chicken and firmly into cracks and crevices; shake off excess. Place chicken on 2 wire racks set inside rimmed baking sheets. 

    • Pour oil into a large pot to come halfway up sides. Fit pot with thermometer and heat oil over medium-high until thermometer registers 350°. Working in 4 batches, fry chicken, turning often with tongs and adjusting heat to maintain temperature, until brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken registers 165° for dark meat and 160° for white meat, 10–14 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to clean wire racks and let rest 10 minutes. 

    • Serve fried chicken with barbecue sauce and pickles.

    • Do Ahead: Chicken can be dredged 2 hours ahead. Chill uncovered on rimmed baking sheets. Chicken can be fried 2 hours ahead. Let sit uncovered at room temperature. Reheat in a 250° oven if desired.
  • Preparation

    Brine

    • Toast mustard, cumin, and fennel seeds in a large pot over medium-low heat, tossing often, until fragrant and mustard seeds are starting to pop, about 1 minute. Add salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves, and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Remove pan from heat and add 8 cups ice water, then chicken pieces. Cover pot with plastic wrap and chill chicken at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

    Assembly

    • Place 2 cups flour in a shallow bowl. Whisk cornstarch, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, fennel, 1 Tbsp. or 1½ tsp. salt, and remaining 4 cups flour in another shallow bowl to combine. Whisk eggs and buttermilk in a third shallow bowl to combine.
    • Remove chicken pieces from brine and pat dry; discard brine. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in plain flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg mixture, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Transfer chicken to bowl with seasoned flour and coat, packing all around chicken and firmly into cracks and crevices; shake off excess. Place chicken on 2 wire racks set inside rimmed baking sheets. 

    • Pour oil into a large pot to come halfway up sides. Fit pot with thermometer and heat oil over medium-high until thermometer registers 350°. Working in 4 batches, fry chicken, turning often with tongs and adjusting heat to maintain temperature, until brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken registers 165° for dark meat and 160° for white meat, 10–14 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to clean wire racks and let rest 10 minutes. 

    • Serve fried chicken with barbecue sauce and pickles.

    • Do Ahead: Chicken can be dredged 2 hours ahead. Chill uncovered on rimmed baking sheets. Chicken can be fried 2 hours ahead. Let sit uncovered at room temperature. Reheat in a 250° oven if desired.

    Preparation

    Brine

    • Toast mustard, cumin, and fennel seeds in a large pot over medium-low heat, tossing often, until fragrant and mustard seeds are starting to pop, about 1 minute. Add salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves, and 2 cups water. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Remove pan from heat and add 8 cups ice water, then chicken pieces. Cover pot with plastic wrap and chill chicken at least 8 hours and up to 1 day.

    Assembly

    • Place 2 cups flour in a shallow bowl. Whisk cornstarch, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, fennel, 1 Tbsp. or 1½ tsp. salt, and remaining 4 cups flour in another shallow bowl to combine. Whisk eggs and buttermilk in a third shallow bowl to combine.
    • Remove chicken pieces from brine and pat dry; discard brine. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in plain flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg mixture, allowing excess to drip back into bowl. Transfer chicken to bowl with seasoned flour and coat, packing all around chicken and firmly into cracks and crevices; shake off excess. Place chicken on 2 wire racks set inside rimmed baking sheets. 

    • Pour oil into a large pot to come halfway up sides. Fit pot with thermometer and heat oil over medium-high until thermometer registers 350°. Working in 4 batches, fry chicken, turning often with tongs and adjusting heat to maintain temperature, until brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of chicken registers 165° for dark meat and 160° for white meat, 10–14 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to clean wire racks and let rest 10 minutes. 

    • Serve fried chicken with barbecue sauce and pickles.

    • Do Ahead: Chicken can be dredged 2 hours ahead. Chill uncovered on rimmed baking sheets. Chicken can be fried 2 hours ahead. Let sit uncovered at room temperature. Reheat in a 250° oven if desired.
       

      Ingredients

      Servings: Makes about 1½ cups
      • 1 cup mayonnaise (preferably Duke’s)
      • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
      • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
      • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (preferably Texas Pete)
      • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
      • 4 teaspoons sugar
      • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
      • ½ teaspoon onion powder
      • ½ teaspoon hickory smoke powder (optional)
      • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

      Preparation

      • Whisk mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and 2 tsp. water in a medium bowl just to combine.

      • Mix sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and hickory smoke powder, if using, in a small bowl, then whisk into mayonnaise mixture. Season sauce generously with salt and pepper.

      • Do Ahead: Barbecue sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.
       
     

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Vacuum Cleaner Myth Debunked

You would be hard pressed not to find this noisy, electrical and often-underused mechanical device in any home, apartment or business.

What is it? The vacuum cleaner. You know, that silent sentinel in your closet that comes to life when you plug it in and push the power button, and it buzzes all over the carpet as you chase it around the house.

The problem with the vacuum cleaner is we trust it too much. No, we’re not saying you shouldn’t vacuum your carpet. You should vacuum once per week per occupant, on average, for the main areas.  You might vacuum the bedrooms less frequently. We all know that proper vacuuming is important in caring for the carpet.

But some feel that vacuuming the carpet is equal to carpet cleaning. That’s a myth and it is simply not true. Professional carpet cleaning removes so much more than a vacuum can remove. Yet it has been reported that consumers feel that frequent vacuuming removes the dust and grime from their floors and they can either skip or prolong regular carpet cleaning.

That’s not the case.

A good vacuum, no matter how powerful or advanced, removes only dry soil. The stuff that is tracked in every day and should be removed every day, as well. Vacuums don’t remove the sticky, greasy soil stuck to the carpet fibers. You need professional cleaning to remove those soils. Plus most people fail to take their vacuums to a repair shop for an annual tune up service. So in most cases, their vacuum cleaners aren't working properly.

Compare this to washing your car with a dry rag… or brushing your hair and skipping the shower and shampoo… or — well, you get the point. You need quality organic cleaning,  to get your carpet thoroughly cleaned.

Do yourself a favor. Keep that vacuum cleaner working, use it all the time, but call us for  professional organic carpet cleaning that dries in about an hour.   Plus most residential work is guaranteed one full year. So if you're spots come back, then so do we. When it comes to the best carpet cleaning in  Hamilton, Princeton, Yardley and surroundings area, give us a call..   We know  what it takes to remove ALL the dirt! Plus you must be happy or it's free.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Should You Wash Your Couch Cushion Covers?

It’s a very easy thing to do… you notice your sofa cushions are a little dingy, which is perfectly normal with kids, pets and normal usage.

So you decide to do-it-yourself and wash the cushion covers. They come out looking nice. But you also notice a little problem. The colors aren’t as bright as they used to be, and it takes a lot of effort to get the covers back over the foam cushions themselves. In fact, for one cushion, you can’t even get it zipped up all the way.

The reason is that cushion covers are not designed to be washed like normal laundry. “But it has zippers!” you exclaim. That’s for the convenience of the furniture manufacturing company or the upholsterer.

Keep these points in mind if you are tempted to wash your cushion covers:
 

  1. When you wash the cushion covers, there is some danger in fabric shrinkage and dye loss. If this happens, not much you can do to fix it.
  2. 2. Shrinkage typically occurs in the drier, so if you are tempted to wash your own cushion covers, hang them to dry (but remember there is always risk).
  3. 3. Dyes are funny things. The dyes on your favorite t-shirts are pretty tough and durable and last a long time, but on upholstery they can bleed or fade. 
  4. 4. Putting cushion covers in the laundry can also cause problems with the integrity of the fabric, such as any latex backing that could be present; delamination, or the separation of the face fiber and backing, can occur.

So while you may do this, remove your cushion covers for laundering, keep these points in mind and be very careful with your valuable furnishings! Do your furniture and all upholstery fabric a huge favor: Call us today because we clean upholstery the other cleaners turn down.  That's why we are the most experienced and trusted  upholstery cleaner in Hamilton , Princeton, Yardley and surrounding areas.     

 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cleaning Wool Carpet and Area Rugs

Did you know that choosing a wool carpet or rug for your home is both good news… and sometimes bad?

The good news is choosing wool, which is a high quality fiber but not really that popular because of the higher price, means your carpet or rug will last longer, look better and retain value. Also, unlike a synthetic fiber, wool will not retain a flame and  if it chars, it's fumes won't kill you.  That's why it's always  used to carpet cruise ships and airplanes.
The bad news is choosing wool means you won’t see as much dirt on it, and so you may not vacuum or clean it that often — which means your nice, wool carpet or rug may prematurely wear out.The reason why its fibers hide soils so well is that the fiber looks like a telescopic car antenna under a microscope. So it tends to hide soils in the graduations of the antenna like structure.   Why is that?

Most consumers base their cleaning frequencies on appearance. That can be dangerous for any carpet or rug, or any surface, for that matter. With wool, the physical makeup of the fiber has the characteristic of hiding dirt, especially those tiny, gritty particles that wear on the fibers. You might compare this to putting sand on a piece of Plexiglas and walking on it. The sand will act as an abrasive, damaging the surface.

While wool fibers may damage more quickly than other synthetic fibers, it prevents the build up of static

electricity since wool fibers  like to retain moisture.. 

What you should do is talk to us about professionally  cleaning your wool carpets and area rugs  based on frequency, not appearance. Over the last quarter century,  only a handful or companies has  had more experience that us in expertly cleaning wool carpets and area rugs. So give us a call since we are Hamilton, Princeton and Yardley's most trusted organic wool and area rug cleaner.