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How to remove carpet stains like a pro

Personally, I have had bad experiences with carpet stains that are hard to remove. With the carpet being on the floor and vulnerable to spillages, there got to be a way that stains can be removed easily to leave the carpet looking new again. We cannot afford to keep replacing the carpets every now and then. Whether it’s the coffee, red wine, blood, pet stains, lily pollen or tea stains my approach seems to be working.

For this blog post, I got help from a friend who owns a cleaning company called Thomson’s Cleaning. Am sure people out there are bothered as I am. So, what you are about to read is the compilation of my findings that work. Try them out and see. First, let’s see the principles that govern stain removal.

Take in the spillage ASAP

Instead of rushing to rub the spillage over the carpet wearing it over, adopt a habit of taking the absorbing approach. You can use a dry cloth, a paper cloth, or anything else that can absorb the spill. When you are sure that you have taken up the spill to the maximum, then you can proceed to the next steps.

Dissolving the stain

What can’t be absorbed needs to be removed the hard way and that has to involve dissolving. Two types of solvents can be used here depending on what kind of spillage you are dealing with. Some will dissolve in water while others will dissolve in alcohol.

Make use of a detergent

You may have noticed that without a detergent, your stain might not go away completely as desired. Where it’s the fatty stains especially, you don’t expect that to dissolve in water. Only a detergent will allow free flow of water through the fabrics for a thorough cleaning.

Use chemicals and bleaches

When it’s a mere stain, it should be removed by now if you apply the above steps right. For tough stains, you will have to go an extra step and engage a tougher gear. That is none other but the power of chemical reactions. Enzymes and bleaches for professional cleaning come in here.

Learn the things to do to a carpet stain hereof;

  1. Act fast – your chances of getting rid of a stain are more when you act when the stain is fresh
  2. Blot first – absorb the moisture by use of dry clothes or papers before it spreads
  3. Lift – for carpet ‘lumps’ like those of wax, use a blunt knife to get rid of them. A tape can also apply for powdery stains.
  4. Approach it from the outside in to prevent stain spreading
  5. Understand what kind of textile you are dealing with and how sensitive it is to different products
  6. After you pick the cleaning products, make sure you follow instructions
  7. Do the testing of cleaning products first to ensure that there are no unpleasant surprises
  8. Rinse the carpet thoroughly to prevent buildup of residue on the carpet base
  9. Heat drying of the item is not recommended. Instead, fans and dehumidifiers are the best.

Here’s a great video I found on how to professionally clean your carpets:

Home Improvement Finaces

How to raise your credit before you finance your next home improvement project

Home improvement projects are there to increase the value of your home. It saves you power bills, expands your home to create more space for an expanding family, incorporate some modern tech and make your home look fresh again. On the other hand, it costs money. As it is a trend, I bet you don’t have the money in the bank, enough to finance that project. After you do your budgeting, you will have to approach the creditors for a loan or a mortgage. And then they will do what they do best; look at the level of risk. The biggest considerations will be your credit score and credit inquires. You can see how to remove credit inquiries here and find more information about your credit score here.

good credit just ahead

Your credit score shows your value in repaying loans not only currently, but from your past. That should tell you one thing; you need to work on your credit score way before you think of financing your home improvement project if you want to keep away the frustrations of being turned down by creditors. Here are tips on how to do that.

 

Let the good debt stay on your report

There is some form of a hurry by some debtors to get rid of their old debt from their reports on the occasion that they complete paying the loans. They think that having it clean is the best way to earn a higher credit score. Well, that’s not true. Creditors are out there to check on your history. If you have had no issues repaying your loans, then you have nothing to worry about when the report accommodates such records. Such records show that at least you will be able to pay on time. Erasing them will mean expunging the points you very much need.

 

Pay the bills early enough

You are looking to earn points on your credit score. Delaying to pay the bills simply is disqualifying. Creditors are very wary of those who wait until the last minute to start thinking about payments. Paying early shows great effort and the will to pay back what is not yours. Remember that a home improvement project can be expensive and you don’t have the funds of your own that will be enough to have it financed with a single blow. You better act like you want the loan.

 

Keep an eye on your credit card

A credit card is simply a form of a loan and your payment as well as the spending behaviour will matter to a creditor. Do you pay your credit on a monthly basis? On top of that, how low is your revolving credit over spending habit ratio? If you exceed 30%, it might stink for a creditor.

 

Rate of borrowing

If you are used to borrowing and paying back the money, then you have a higher credit score. The fact is that creditors don’t want to risk their money on a person they are not sure of the behaviour once he is awarded the loan. Although it might not count much, it still does matter. It is viewed that people who don’t take loans fear that they might not be able to pay, and that is what might come true once they get the mortgage. No creditor will be willing to deal with such a consequence.

With these tips, you will be able to get a bigger loan that will see through your home improvement project as a success.

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Moving Home in London: How to Handle Children and Pets

Man and Van ServiceAs much as you feel that moving home will be stressful for you, you need to consider your children and pets as well. Your children are probably already attached to that neighborhood, and the pets will likely become disoriented with the new environment. Below are some moving tips that will help make a move easier for the kids and the pets as well. Moves that involve children and pets are always best of being handled by a man and van service who can help organise the entire move making sure the London relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

 

Children

You must inform your kids as soon as possible that you will be moving, so they get used to the idea. Involve them in the process, answer their questions and tell them exactly what will happen. If you will be going to a new area, show them around and especially the fun things they will be doing there, so they will look forward to it. Show them the new house as well as their rooms and talk about their room decorations with them.

If they are older, involve them in the packing. It will be more fun if you let them label or decorate the boxes and sort some of the things out. Ensure the kid’s stuff are last to get on the track, so when you arrive, they are first to get out.

Ask someone to look after them on a moving day for their safety and if not, involve them in the move and give them titles like toy coordinator, so they feel the part. Place their things in their rooms first so they can be busy as you organise the rest of the house. Make your first night fun through watching a movie or having pizza. This will make them feel that you are still a family. After some time they are likely to be sad from missing their friends so look for new ones as soon as possible.

Pets

Put your pet in a kennel or cattery during the move to avoid stress for both parties. In case this is not possible, during the move, put them in one room and close it to keep them away from the commotion. Ensure that everyone knows where they are and leave them some toys, water and food. While travelling, put them in cages and if not, place them in the back seat and fasten the seatbelt. If you are travelling for long, take breaks so they can relieve themselves. Do not put them in the boot. Once you get to the new home, place them in one room and don’t forget their toys and water.

Once you are done organising, let them explore but make sure they cannot escape. Let them spread their scents so they are m ore comfortable in the new home. Make them a routine of small frequent meals and attention and when you let the dog explore outside, put them on a lead and accompany them till they gain confidence.

If you have an outdoor cat, put it indoor for about two weeks and sprinkler some of their litter around the garden after that to make sure they recognise their home. This will also warn other cats away. You have to be patient, settling in will take time. For general tips on moving home in London we recommend taking a look at these moving home tips. Hopefully you now have all the information you need for a successful relocation.

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Creative DIY Patio Ideas

patio-ideasIf you love to spend time outdoors on your patio, there might come a time when you feel that it needs a makeover. There are so many DIY patio ideas that you can use to revamp your patio. Your patio will become homier from comfy chairs to accent pieces and shelving; you can make it look much better with a few simple changes. Below are some of my favourite ideas which you can easily implement.

DIY ladder shelf

You can make your DIY ladder shelf and paint it whatever colour you want or one that goes with the décor. You can place your beautiful potted plants on it or display some of your favourite things, and it will look great on the patio.

Add a path of pavers

If you would like to keep the grass in shape, you can easily install some pavers or stepping stones. These come in many sizes or shapes, and you need not use brick, you can use travertine or concrete pavers. Pavers are easily installable and can be stained to match your décor.

Furnish frugally

In case you would like to have seating options on the patio, you don’t need to use expensive premier outdoor furniture, just look for ready-to-assemble furniture at an improvement store. They are a whole lot cheaper, and they come in a variety of styles and shapes to suit your needs.

Lighten things up

If you add lights to your patio, you will change the look and feel complete. In addition to that, it will add security and safety at night. You can add solar lamps, involve some light fixtures or hum limps. CFL and LED lamps are a lot better because they are eco-friendly and will save you on the bills.

Grow a garden

If you love a green scene on your patio, you can add a garden or hang plants that will blend with the yard. If you would like more colour, you can add cherry tomatoes or simply plant flowers, depending on what you like best. Some foliage will help but do not clutter it up.

Make your patio multifunctional

If your patio is disjointed from your yard, you can make it multifunctional. You could incorporate a tarp with some seating and a fireplace. Space will feel a lot more functional and a lot less cramped.

Work the wall space

In case you have too many potted plants, you can adhere them to the walls around the patio. This will help your patio blend with your landscape, and it will also free some room in the yard. Vertical plants are especially great for this.

Conclusion

These are just some of the DIY patio ideas you can implement in your home to make it feel homier and more welcoming. In case you have no idea where to start, you can contact a local gardener to help with the plans. You do not need to replace the whole patio to make it feel new and great; you can make simple additions that will add value as well as comfort to your patio.

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How to install a walkway

The first thing to do is remove the old walkway

The first thing you need to do is obviously remove the old walkway to pave the way for the new one. This is a very easy process because you just need a jackhammer, which you can rent, some good work gloves and safety goggles. The jackhammer will do the rest of the job for you.

Create the edges

Once the old walkway is gone, you will have to create the edge of the new walkway using either a garden hose or some stakes and string. For an even cleaner edge, you can remove the excess sod with a flat shovel.

Create the brick bed

First, you will need to remove give or take 8” of the top soil and make sure you level the ground. Then, add 4” of gravel and 2” of sand on top of the gravel. If you want to know the exact measurement of the materials you will use, you only have to do some simple mathematics. You will figure it out by measuring the entire length of your walkway, the width and then the depth. If you multiply them, you will get the cubic footage, and as a safety precaution, you can add 5 percent.

Tamping it down

Once you are done adding the stone, you need to tamp it down in place. Ensure that it is levelled so take your time because it is very important. If the bound is not firm once you lay the bricks, after some time they are bound to move. If you do not have a tamper and don’t want to rent one, you can easily build one by nailing a 2 X 4 to the centre of a square wood plank.

Add the sand

You cannot use play sand for this project; you need to have concrete sand because it is jagged and will hold the pavers into place. If you use beach sand, the bricks will shift out of place. Tamp down the sand as well. Spread about 2” of sand on the walk area then put two 1” pipes on both sides of the path. Place a level across the pipes then add more sand until the pipes are levelled. Use the pipes are rail and drag a board over the area, which is called screeding to get a smooth area. You can then remove the pipes, fill those gaps with sand and smoothed by hand.

Pick the pavers

Pavers come in many different sizes, shapes, colours and styles and you have to pick the right one for you. Regardless, they all have a similarity; they have nubs that allow some space between then, which will allow sand between and the sand will lock them in place. To know how many pavers you will need, you have to do some more maths. If you multiply the length with the width, you will get the square footage.

Lay the pavers

You will have to place them gently on the sand without pushing them. Run a string on the outer edge to keep it straight and use a lattice for the curves. If you have curves, you have to cut some bricks, and you can do this with a hand-held saw. You can mark them with a pencil before you cut and take your time.

Fill the gaps

Once all the bricks are in position, sweep dry sand on top to fill all the crack and hold the bricks in place. You can add fill dirt at the edges to hold the bricks in place. You should sweep sand a couple of times especially after rainstorms to hold them completely in place.

You can also find some great advice in this video I found: