Remembering you all on this holiday of thanks. We are wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Here is a quick look at a few of our past Thanksgiving posts! You’ll find decorative china patterns, how to prepare for hosting guest, how to prepare your floors for these guests, and the best ways to remove gravy stains from your carpet!
If you are fan of decorating shows and blogs, you’ll know there is a big trend right now to mixing and matching furniture. Breaking up sets of furniture and adding pieces from different eras and styles are popular with designers on and off television. So, don’t be afraid of bringing in different chairs around the table for more seating for your guests. The typical set of dining room furniture where the chairs, table, buffet and china cabinet are all purchased together is changing and evolving. Adding your personal touch to a set of furniture will make it feel less like you are living in a furniture showroom or model home.
As you can see in the dining room above, there is a mix of three different sets of chairs around the table. It still looks elegant with this collection of chairs. The chandelier is a great way to add sophistication to the space. The neutral patterned wallpaper enriches the entire room, without overpowering it. The storage cabinet in the back is a perfect solution for storing plates and decorations. The mirror makes the room feel bigger; if you have a mirror hanging just make sure to have it reflecting something pleasing to the eye. A buffet area would allow for extra space to place food or drinks that are easy to access during the holiday meals.
Make the holidays interesting by having special table settings and decorations around the room. Cut into a gourd or pumpkin and you can place your guests’ names there for place settings. Candlesticks or vases with flowers are always a great option for centerpieces. Get the kids involved and have craft time. You can display their special crafts as centerpieces for the table or décor for around the house.
Have fun with your dining room decorating this holiday season! There are no rules as long as you enjoy it. Get creative and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
Let the festivities begin, Thanksgiving is finally here! We hope you have a wonderful feast planned with you and your family on this special day! We’d like to share a few of our stain removal techniques with you, just in case little Bobby accidentally spills his plate on the carpet or accidentally drops his gravy soaked turkey on the floor for your puppy! We hope you all have a very happy Thanksgiving!
Nail Polish Remover – Two types of nail polish removers are available. One type contains acetone, a dry cleaning solvent. Use the same precautions as with other dry cleaning solutions. The second type contains amyl acetate, which is used in many paint, oil, and grease (POG) removers. Many POG removers leave residues that may cause rapid soiling. When using a POG remover, always rinse the area thoroughly with a dry solvent.
Solvent – A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing, because it can damage the latex that holds the primary and secondary backings together. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.
Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.
Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.
Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.
Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.
When in doubt, call a professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. Carpet and Rug Institute – 1-800-882-8846.