Do I Really Need Scotchgard?

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

If you have ever had your carpets or upholstery professionally cleaned you’ve probably been asked if you wanted Scotchgard protection applied, right? You said yes because you care about the impression your facility leaves on your customers and employees. But do you know what it does and do you really need Scotchgard? We do, and we really think it’s worth its weight in gold.

WHAT DOES SCOTCHGARD DO?

Scotchgard creates a protective barrier that helps repel liquids and blocks stains. It’s an odorless application that can be applied to any fabric material such carpet, upholstery, cubicle walls, and entry rugs, and it is best applied during a professional carpet cleaning.

READ: Advantages Of A Cleaner Carpet

Helps You Clean Stains And Spills More Easily

Because Scotchgard creates a protective barrier around the fibers of your carpet and upholstery, it makes cleaning stains and spills much, MUCH easier. Instead of the liquid instantly absorbing into the fibers, the Scotchgard barrier keeps it on the surface, so you can quickly and more effectively clean up the mess. It’s a huge benefit, but that’s just one of the reasons you need Scotchgard applied in your business.

Makes Vacuuming Easier And More Effective

Vacuuming is more effective when your carpet and upholstery is protected by Scotchgard because its protective barrier keeps dry soil, like dirt and dust, on the surface instead of deep down in the fibers. This means that every vacuum pass is more effective because dirt and dry soil is on the surface and more easily sucked up. Without Scotchgard, these dirt particles would  work their way into the fibers and cause unsightly wear patterns.

Helps Limit Wear Patterns

Wear patterns, typically called traffic areas, occur when the fibers of the carpeting become damaged by dirt and soil. On a microscopic level, dirt is made up of very sharp particles. When these particles grind against the fibers of your carpet, it breaks down the individual woven fibers, leaving your carpet looking worn and faded.

When Scotchgard is applied, it keeps the loose dirt and soil on the surface, making it more difficult for those sharp particles to grind up against the fibers and cause wear patterns. Fewer wear patterns means your carpet will last longer, look better, and save you the cost of frequently replacing your carpet.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED SCOTCHGARD?

It all depends on how much you use your carpet or upholstery. If you have Scotchgard applied in an area such as a lobby, hallway, or conference room, it’s a good idea to have it reapplied during every professional carpet cleaning (or every 6 months, whichever comes first). If you have areas that don’t have as much foot traffic or usage, you may be able to go longer in between applications.

QUICK TIP: If you’ve recently had new carpet installed, check the manufacturer’s warranty. Believe it or not, some carpet and upholstery manufacturers require regular applications of Scotchgard in order to maintain the warranty.


How To Keep Your Tile From Looking Dingy

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Tile can be an attractive and durable flooring option for your home. It doesn’t show wear nearly as fast as carpet or wood and is more robust than laminate. However, with time you might notice that it is looking a little dingy, especially the grout. The tiles themselves are easy to clean with any kind of mop or brush – but the grout is a different story. Because grout is so porous, it is very susceptible to staining and is much harder to clean than non-porous tiles. Luckily, there are some options to help keep your tile from looking dingy.

While there are many chemicals available in stores for cleaning all the surfaces of your home, sticking to natural solutions is often safer. Some products can permanently discolor grout lines or leave a waxy finish on the tiles. That’s why using a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% hot water is a great option to use on your grout – it’s a safe, all-natural cleaning solution!

The first step to keep your tile from looking dingy is to sweep your floor to remove any excess dirt and debris. After that, apply the vinegar solution to the floor and use a brush to scrub it into the cleaning lines. Buying a brush with a long enough handle to use while standing can help save your back from working on your hands and knees. Once the solution is scrubbed into your grout lines, use a mop to get as much of the liquid up as possible.

If you have more serious grout stains and do decide to use a chemical product on your grout, make sure to test it in an inconspicuous spot such as behind an appliance to make sure there aren’t any adverse effects.

If you don’t have the time to spend possibly a few hours scrubbing your floors, a professional cleaning company might be the best answer. The skilled technicians at Modernistic will use environmentally safe cleaning products to scrub your grout lines before using a truck mounted system at 1000 psi to blast away and vacuum up any dirt and debris. Our cleaning method also removes the cleaning solution and water right then and, after the cleaning, the technicians will wipe any excess water away with towels to make sure the floor is clean and ready to use right away. Check out the video below for more info about the process!

You don’t have to put up with tile floors that have lost their shine. Whether you choose to DIY or call in the pros, you have options to help keep your tile from looking dingy and dirty!

Click on the video below to see our simple & quick tile cleaning process!

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Simple & Quick Homemade Dog Treats

Posted Friday, July 6th, 2018

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Dog food and treats can get really expensive, and who knows what mystery ingredients are in those brown little bits? Luckily, there are many easy ways to make your own homemade dog treats! And as an added bonus, even if you add a little too much flour to your treats or leave them in the oven a little too long, your dog will never complain!

Before Getting Started

There are some foods you will need to avoid. Some foods are perfectly safe, or even considered healthy for humans to eat, but are dangerous for dogs. Most of us have heard about the dangers of chocolate, but also avoid any other sources of caffeine, such as coffee or tea. Here is a list of foods to avoid:

Fruits & Vegetables: Avocado, Apple seeds, Persimmon, Peach, and Plum Pits, Grapes & Raisins, Onions & Chives, Garlic, Corn on the Cob, Rhubarb & Tomato Leaves.

Animal Products: Raw Meat, Fat trimmings, Liver, Milk & Cheese (not dangerous, but can cause digestive distress in some dogs), Fish, Cat Food, and Cooked Bones.

Other Foods: Salt, Sugar, Xylitol, Candy, Chewing Gum, Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Tobacco, Alcohol, Hops (Beer), Marijuana, Yeast, and Macadamia Nuts.

From that list, you can see how feeding dogs human leftovers could be problematic! I can’t think of a meal I’ve eaten lately that didn’t have Salt, Sugar, or Onions.

Below are some simple recipe ideas for homemade dog treats that are sure to get your pup drooling… more than normal… wait, is that a good thing?

Frozen Treats

Puree 2 cored apples with 1 cup Greek nonfat plain yogurt and water, Freeze in ice cube tray, and serve as a naturally sweet and healthy snack. Makes about 2 trays worth of cubes.

Blend 1 cups cooked chicken, 1/2 cup cooked rice, 1 cup chicken stock (ideally homemade unsalted), 1 tablespoon parsley, freeze in ice cube tray, and serve as a savory protein packed snack.

Baked Snacks

Cut sweet potatoes into fries/wedges and bake on parchment at 425F for about 30 min, flipping halfway through the cooking. These things are tasty enough for humans to enjoy!

Mix two cups flour, 1/2 cups peanut butter, 2 eggs, and a little bit of water. Cut using cookie cutters or knife, and bake at 350F for 20 min.

Meal Prep

Think of making this in conjunction with your weekly human meal prep. You will need. 1 1/5 cups brown rice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 pounds ground turkey, 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped, 2 carrots, shredded, 1 zucchini, shredded, and 1/2 cup peas. Boil your rice and set aside. Cook turkey in a pan with olive oil for 3-5 minutes crumbling, then add the veggies and cook another 3-5 min. Mix in rice, cook, and serve in 1 cup portions.

Speak with your veterinarian about your dog’s dietary needs, and you can create recipes for your own homemade dog treats! Your furry friend will love you for it – I mean, more than he already does!

Pet owners have trusted Modernistic to help keep their homes spot and odor free for over 45 years! We all know that accidents happen, which is why you should trust the pet spot removal experts!


5 Tips to Keep Your Workplace Clean

Posted Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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Did you know that if you have a 9 to 5 job, you’ll spend one third of your life at work? It’s true! That means keeping your workplace clean and inviting is just as important as maintaining a clean home. Do you wish you had some ideas on how to keep your workplace clean? A sanitary, organized and comfortable workplace will have a positive effect on productivity and on your employees’ mindsets. Even if your workspace is closed to the public it is important for team morale to maintain a space people are happy to come to everyday. And consider your business’s reputation; customers react better to a clean and organized workplace. It’s easy to get so caught up in day-to-day tasks that office cleanliness slips to the wayside, so here are 5 tips to keep your workplace clean!

1: Make A Cleaning Maintenance Plan

The best way to protect your carpet (and the investment you made in it) is to schedule regular professional carpet cleanings. Dirt and small debris are tracked in every day by your staff, and continued buildup of even the tiniest particles can damage the individual carpet fibers. Regular cleanings will keep your business looking and smelling great. For a small business with only a few employees, yearly cleanings would probably suffice. A larger business or a public space with heavy traffic would benefit from more frequent cleanings on a commercial cleaning maintenance plan.

2: Protect Your Investment

Many professional carpet cleaners offer additional products to protect your carpets. Take advantage of these products! 3M Scotchgard provides additional protection to your carpeting. This is perfect to apply to cubicle areas, break rooms, or areas with heavy traffic such as your lobby.

3: Don’t Forget About Air Quality!

Out of sight, out of mind, right? Air quality is not usually brought up in a conversation about cleanliness, which is why your HVAC system could be the filthiest part of your business! Your air duct system works around the clock to keep your staff comfortable. Over time, dust, dirt, dander, and other contaminants like mold and mildew will accumulate and circulate throughout your building. Keeping your air ducts clean will help your employees who suffer from allergies stay healthy, and the person responsible for cleaning will spend a lot less time dusting. In general, your office will feel much fresher and be a healthier environment for employees and customers alike.

4: Keep Cleaning Products Accessible – To Everyone!

Don’t keep all the cleaning supplies behind lock and key! Even if you have someone who handles general cleaning make the supplies accessible to everyone. Disinfectant wipes are easily kept in office drawers and are perfect for wiping down a desk, keyboard, phone, and most other surfaces. Having these wipes accessible can greatly reduce the spread of disease! Swiffer dusters can also easily be stored in a desk drawer and are perfect for dusting those hard-to-reach places – like behind the desk and up near the ceiling!

5: Provide Organization Options

One of the first steps to creating a clean environment is to reduce clutter. Built up clutter can make even the cleanest and tidiest environments seem messy even though they are not! The best way to reduce clutter is make it as easy as possible to keep your workplace clean. Clean work spaces improve productivity, which is important for team health. It is also much harder for dust and grime to build up on a clean desk than one covered in piles of paper. Provide your employees with desk organizers and encourage them to maintain a clean and organized desk. You may be surprised at how excited people are about organizing their personal workspace!

The office reflects the culture and work ethic of the people who occupy it. Disorganization can result is distraction, disrupted productivity, and eventually chaos. If the staff doesn’t pick up on it your customers will! Using these tips to keep your workplace clean will help will help your business make the right impression on staff and customers, new and old. And remember to lead by example!

Modernistic has been helping Michigan businesses stay clean and organized for over 45 years! To learn more about our commercial cleaning maintenance programs, call us today or click here.


How To Maximize Your A/C Efficiency

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

ways to maximize your A/C's efficiency and save money on your energy bill

Michigan is HOT! With temperatures reaching the upper 90s and humidity still at Spring levels, we’re all reaching for the thermostat and cranking up the A/C. While nobody’s missing those sub-zero winter temperatures, we all need a bit of relief from the heat outside – without emptying our wallets! With that in mind, here are a few ways to maximize your A/C efficiency this summer and save money on your energy bill.

Remove the hot air first
Especially when you’re cooking, venting the hot air from your home will keep your air conditioner from working overtime to cool things down. Before turning on your A/C, open a few windows and position fans so they blow air out rather than in. That way, the hot air starts flowing out before the cooled air begins filtering into your home.

Pay attention to your supply vents
One of the biggest blockages of air flow happens to be one of the biggest things in your home: your sofa! Furniture that sits on top of or in front of air vents blocks cool air from circulating freely. Which would you rather cool down: The back of a recliner or your home’s air? Same with anything conductive that sits in front of air vents: Laundry, books, kids’ toys, etc. Keep your vents clear!

Change your A/C filter
Your A/C filter is your first line of defense against dust and debris from circulating around your home’s air and ductwork. Over time, however, it will get clogged up with accumulated dirt, which will restrict airflow. Change your filter every 3 months to keep your air flowing freely and your air conditioner happy.

Close the blinds
While we all love natural light, it has the unfortunate side effect of bringing even more heat into your home on an already hot day. Keeping the blinds closed will help keep some of that heat out, and drawing the curtains will provide another layer of insulation between the cool air of your home and the hot air outside!

Use your dehumidifier
Let’s face it, Michigan is a humid state! It’s safe to say that 90 degrees in Michigan feels much more oppressive than 90 degrees in a drier place (like Arizona, for instance), and it’s due to all the moisture in the air. If you keep the excess water out of your home’s air, you can set the thermostat higher and it will still feel like a lower temperature! Plus, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep you feeling the same level of cool.

Check your ductwork
Your ductwork is the system that your conditioned air uses to travel throughout your home, and if there’s something blocking the air’s passage or absorbing the cold air, then it’s not functioning efficiently! In our 45+ years of air duct cleaning, we’ve seen all kinds of things blocking up air ducts: toys, plastic bags, bird nests, and even the occasional dead varmint! Needless to say, a blocked duct isn’t pushing cold air through into your home.
The most common thing found in air ducts, however, is dust, and it will absolutely cripple your air conditioner’s efficiency. Dust, debris, and pet hair will soak up cool air on a hot day, meaning you’re paying extra to cool down all the junk inside your ducts instead of your home! Dirty air ducts can cost you hundreds in a single summer in additional energy costs!

Those are just a few ways to maximize your A/C efficiency. Follow these tips to help “chill” your energy bill and stay frosty this summer!

Modernistic has been keeping Michigan cool with expert air duct cleaning for over 45 years! Contact us today if you want to maximize your A/C efficiency and stay comfortable this summer


Tips for Flood Proofing Your Basement

Posted Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

There are many reasons your basement could end up looking like a bowl of soup (especially during Michigan’s rainy season). But don’t panic! There are definitely a few easy things you can do proactively to prevent your basement from flooding; a few simple tips for flood proofing your basement before you’ve got a wet mess on your hands and the lower section of your house looks like grandma’s minestrone!    

Where Did That Water Come From!?

A weak foundation is more often than not one of the primary causes of water finding its way into your basement. We know when people hear “Foundation Issues”, many homeowners want to throw your hands up in the air and start looking for a new home. You should have a foundation specialist out to your home to work on any cracks or slivers in the concrete that might let in water.

Professionals aside, there are safeguards you can take on your own to help to protect your basement. One of the easiest things you can address on your own is the framing around windows at the main level. These windows can often be the main cause of rain water leaking in to the basement. With a quick trip to the hardware store, you can pick up some basic caulking to apply to any slight openings or gaps to limit the odds of any flooding.

One fail safe way to help protect your basement from troublesome basement windows is to seal them completely. Many basements will have small windows resting just above ground level, which don’t really provide much of a view or light to begin with. In these cases you may want to seal these windows from the outside. Some basic masonry work should do the trick, covering them with properly-sealed bricks over the window openings.

As always, if you don’t feel comfortable doing any of these projects yourself, consult a professional!

Just In Case

Sump pump, sump pump, sump pump…. It’s so much fun to say! Really we could say it over and over again and still not have said it enough. Chances are good you already have a sump pump in your basement. If not, you should look into getting one; with all our rivers, lakes, and wetlands, every home in Michigan should probably have a sump pump! Even if you already have one, you’re not quite done yet. Since it’s out of sight and out of mind, it’s easy to forget about your sump pump. But you should be checking up on it at least every 3-6 months to make sure it is operating in tip top shape – otherwise, you may walk downstairs to do some laundry and discover a lot more may need cleaning!

Backup and Detection

Having backup plans are a good thing for anyone. Basement floods, particularly, would be a perfect thing for which to have a backup plan. We’ve already gone over sump pumps, but what about a back up for your sump pump? Having a second battery-powered sump pump backup should be required for anyone living in a flood zone, or if you frequently suffer power outages. A failed sump pump due to a power outage is another incredibly common issue that can make you wish water didn’t exist. Installing a backup for your sump pump can be crucial to avoiding a major financial burden.

Another thing you can do to help to detect the moment you might have a problem on your hands is to purchase a smart water leak detector for your home. There are many products on the market now that can alert you to water leaks in your home so you can take action before things get too crazy. Many of these new devices even have apps that can connect to the detector and alert you wherever you are on your smartphone.

Armed with these simple tips for flood proofing your basement, you can be confident that you’ve done everything you can to prevent your basement from ending up like the one in the picture at the top of this article. While this isn’t an exhaustive list, you should be much better prepared for avoiding the most common basement flooding problems.

It’s impossible to cover every flooding scenario of course, so if you ever do have a flood in your home, just know that the water damage experts at Modernistic are just a phone call away! 24/7/365, we’ll be there for your basement flooding emergencies.


Simple & Quick Ways to Work Out While Cleaning

Posted Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

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We are all busy people, looking for life hacks to get more out of our precious time. It can be hard to spare time for the things we know we need to do, like clean the house and exercise. So, why not kill two birds with one stone? If you are mindful about how you clean, you can keep your heart rate up, burn calories, and work out while cleaning. Make doing chores your fitness routine!

Keep It Moving!

Turn on some up-beat music, set a timer, and challenge yourself to clean faster. Keeping your heart-rate up is the key to getting a good cardiovascular workout. Need a break from cleaning? Make it a dance break! Get a phone call while you are cleaning? Just keep walking around the house or up and down the stairs until the call ends. There’s no time to relax when you’re working out!

Get Down, Get Down, Get Down (On Your Floors)!

Vacuuming, sweeping, or mopping will burn almost 200 calories per hour; Raking leaves can burn even more! While it’s a fantastic workout, make sure to switch arms, since favoring one side can lead to pain. Scrubbing floors on your hands and knees is a great upper body workout. Try to give attention to your form, just like you would at the gym, to avoid injury.

Wax On, Wax Off!

Waxing or washing the car, cleaning windows, or dusting are excellent for working out your arms. To work your legs more, do calf raises while you are washing dishes. While doing laundry you can get in some squats and you can run up and down stairs several times.

Being mindful about how you move, keeping a quick pace, and remembering to have fun will make household chores work for you. Have fun, get fit, and work out while cleaning!

No time to clean or work out? Modernistic is here for your carpet, upholstery, tile, and air ducts. Call or click today to take the Simple & Quick route!


Simple & Quick Ways To Limit Construction Dust

Posted Thursday, May 31st, 2018

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Finishing a home renovation project is one of the most satisfying moments of a homeowner’s life. But like my father always said, “the job isn’t done until you’ve cleaned up after yourself”. If you’ve ever worked with drywall or wood, then you know that’s no easy task! Drywall dust and sawdust seem to get everywhere, even in rooms you weren’t working. If the proper steps aren’t taken to limit construction dust prior to your renovations, you can end up with extensive labor to get your house looking new.

Building a new home or renovating your current one can certainly take lots of work and time but even after the work itself there’s always lots of cleanup. So how do you limit the amount of dust and debris traveling through your home?

Cover It Up

When renovating your current home the first step is to prepare each room where work is being done. Remove what you can from the room and anything that is too heavy to move cover with plastic to prevent it from being covered with dust. Cover each doorway into the area with plastic, cut a slit down the plastic, and install a zipper along the cut for easy access that contains any debris.

Secure Your Vents

Any kind of construction, especially when installing or removing drywall, can send tiny particulates into the air that your duct system will keep recirculating through your home. You can limit construction dust like this by making sure all the vents in the room you are working are closed. Simply cut an appropriate length of plastic and tape it around the vents (use painter’s tape for easy removal). This way, none of the dust gets sucked into your HVAC system and distributed in other areas of your home.

One Final Clean

Even if you follow all these steps, once the renovations are complete there will undoubtedly still be construction dust throughout your home. After removing the plastic coverings from your newly remodeled room, make sure to wipe down all horizontal surfaces. Take your time and look around; there are plenty of surfaces so it’s easy to miss some, like the tops of doorways.

Don’t Forget The HVAC System!

After that is done you will want to replace your furnace filter and have your ductwork professionally cleaned to remove any particulate from your air. Otherwise dust and debris can continue to circulate through your home, causing you to dust more often than ever before.

Renovating your home can be a stressful process but with just a little care to limit construction dust before and after, you can make it a much easier task.

Modernistic has been helping Michigan DIY-ers clean up after renovation projects for over 45 years! If you have questions about air duct cleaning, call us or visit our air duct cleaning page to learn more.


4 Steps To Make Your HVAC System More Efficient

Posted Friday, May 25th, 2018

Michigan is a very fickle state, weather-wise. Bitterly cold winters give way to hot, humid summers (sometimes within the same week!), and all the while we’re spending a small fortune on heating and cooling our homes. Since the weather isn’t going anywhere, here are a few easy steps to make your HVAC system more efficient and save you money on your energy bills.

Change The Furnace Filter

The first (and easiest) steps you can do to make your HVAC system run more efficiently is to routinely change the furnace filter.

The primary job of the filter is to catch dust, dander, allergens, and other airborne pollutants and keep them from circulating throughout your home or business. If your furnace filter gets clogged up with all these contaminants, it will have to work harder and run longer to maintain a steady temperature.

It’s recommended that you change your furnace filter every 2-3 months but this could vary depending on factors like the size of the filter or how many pets you have in your home.

Seal Your Seams

The second step to help make your HVAC system more efficient is to make sure all the seams along your air ducts are sealed with mastic sealant or metal tape.

A report from energystar.com stats that approximately 20-30% of air that moves through a typical duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, or poorly connected ducts.

It goes without saying that if your ductwork is leaky, your furnace isn’t able to properly distribute conditioned air. This means it is less efficient and has to run longer in order to maintain a steady temperature.

A properly sealed duct system can make your HVAC system run more efficiently and your home or business more comfortable – not to mention your wallet!

Use A Programmable Thermostat

Along with the first two steps, installing a programmable thermostat is another way you can help make your HVAC system more efficient.

On average, installing a programmable thermostat can save your up to 15% on your energy bill.

That means if you pay $250 a month on electricity, you will save $450 annually! That’s more than enough to offset the cost of purchasing a new thermostat.

Swapping out an old thermostat for a programmable one is a relatively easy DIY project, and well worth it.

Once you program in your custom schedule, your furnace will run only when you need it to, keeping your energy bill lower, reducing wear and tear, and extending the life of your system.

Clean Your Air Ducts

The last step to making your HVAC system more efficient is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

Over time, dust and dirt can build up on the sides of your air ducts, decreasing air flow to your vents and making it harder for your furnace to pull the necessary air through the air duct system to properly heat/cool your home or business.

Air duct cleaning from a NADCA-certified professional will eliminate any buildup in your air ducts, increasing air flow to your furnace, and allowing it to run much more efficiently.

As an added benefit, air duct cleaning will also help indoor air quality by reducing dust, dander, and other particulate, which, according to the EPA, can be 2 to 5 time higher than outdoor air! Keeping your HVAC system clean and clear of dust and debris will go a long way toward making your furnace and air conditioner run as efficiently as possible, saving you money and extending the usable life of your system.

Modernistic knows that a clean HVAC system is a happy HVAC system. That’s why we use a truck-mounted push-pull vacuum system – designed and engineered to be the most thorough and most powerful air duct cleaning possible. If you want the pros to help your furnace run more efficiently, call or click today!     


Keep Your Entryway Clean With These Simple & Quick Tips

Posted Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

how to keep your entryway clean and clearThe entryway is an important space; it is the first glimpse visitors get into your home and it is your portal into the outside world! Creating a comfortable and practical space for your family is beneficial to everyone – it helps to have an organized space to start your day! Maintaining a clean and organized entryway is not always easy, so here are 5 tips to keep your entryway clean and clear.

Protect Your Floors

If you have hardwood or linoleum in your entry it is a good idea to place a runner or entry mat down to protect your floors from tracked in dirt, mud, rainwater, and salty snow. This will protect the flooring beneath and reduce the amount of cleaning you must do in the area. When it comes time to clean the runner or entry mat be sure to call Modernistic and ask about our area rug cleaning service!

If you have carpeting in your entry we recommend a different alternative. Unfortunately, long term use of a runner or doormat can flatten out your carpet’s fibers, which can lead to permanent damage!

Instead of covering the carpet with something that could risk damaging the fibers, we recommend you protect the area with an application of 3M Scotchgard. It’s the perfect way to keep your entryway clean. After an application of 3M Scotchgard, your carpet fibers have an extra layer of protection against dirt particles and even water! 3M Scotchgard will actually cause liquid to bead up on the surface, giving you extra time to clean up spills.

Organize Your Shoes

If you find that your entry stores most of your family’s shoes, consider buying a plastic boot tray. Many stores sell decorative plastic trays, and some even carry wooden boot trays! This collects all the dirt and debris that fall off shoes and ends up on the floor.

Boot trays are so easy to clean too: just clear off the shoes, shake it off outside, and wipe it down with hot water and soap!

It can also be beneficial to have a “no shoes in the house” rule. You would be surprised how much dirt can come into a home on shoes that, to the naked eye, appear clean!

Utilize Wall Space

If you don’t have a good space for coats, hats, and scarves, then create one! Find hooks that you like and hang them on an open wall. If you have small children, consider 2 rows of hooks, one higher up and one lower for the kiddos to reach. Your kids will love that they have their own spot for their things.

Good Storage Goes a Long Way

Flat surfaces tend to collect clutter, so make sure everything has its place! Put a decorative bowl in the entryway to collect keys, change, hair ties, and other tiny items. If you have open wall space in your entry, a mirror with hooks can brighten up the area – and gives you a chance to check your appearance before you walk out the door!

Use shoe cubbies or baskets to keep shoes out of the way and organized. Storage benches provide a good place to sit and put your shoes on, and can even provide quite a bit of storage. These can be useful for storing winter hats and scarves in the summertime!

Keep Cleaning Supplies Within Reach

It can be hard to maintain a clean entryway with kids and pets and friends going in and out of the area all day. In order to keep your entryway clean, it has to be convenient to clean! Keep a spray solution and a roll of paper towels tucked away nearby. After your family returns home each day, a quick wipe down of surfaces and handles will really do wonders in maintaining the area. And it’s always nice to have the paper towels nearby to combat any muddy paw or footprints!

What works for one home may not work for yours, but basic organization can go a long way towards reducing mess! Look for storage solutions that work best for your needs. Setting a standard for no shoes in the house is one of the best things you can do to maintain cleanliness. Regular carpet cleaning and area rug cleaning combined with your “no shoes” rule will go a long way to keep your entryway clean and clear! All these things combined will leave you feeling awesome about your entryway, whether you are coming home or heading out the door!

Modernistic has been keeping Michigan’s entryways clean for over 45 years! If your carpet could use a professional touch, contact the Local Quality Friendly experts today!