8 New Year’s Cleaning Resolutions for Your Home

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Cleaning Resolutions to Starting the New Year right in 2017.

When the ball finally drops, whether you are asleep on the couch or singing Auld Lang Sayne, champagne flute in hand, most of us have made some resolutions. In the past you’ve resolved to eat well, love well, dress well, work well, and play well. Our homes, though, tend to be neglected until spring cleaning rolls around. If your house hasn’t ever benefited from your New Year’s stamina, here are eight resolutions that will make your home a happier and healthier place to live.

1. Treat your trash bins like you’re the janitor.

Cleaning professionals slip extra bags at the bottom of each trash bin, so that you can pull the old trash and put in the new liner without a time-wasting extra trip to the supply closet. Not only will this save you time at home, but it will also eliminate those frustrating moments when you realize there’s no liner in the trash can.

2. Create a cleaning caddy.

While you are stealing tricks from people who know how to clean, why not create a cleaning caddy? Like the cleaning cart housecleaners and janitors use, it will keep all the essentials handy. You’ll be ready to clean right away. No more digging through cupboards or closets for your favorite squeegee – cleaning starts right when you’re ready.

3. Wash dishes as you cook.

Cooking is filled with small moments of unused time – five minutes to preheat the oven, ten for water to boil, eight while you wait for the soup to simmer. Use the minutes wisely by washing some of the dishes that were dirtied during dinner prep. That way after dinner your task is much less daunting.

4. Choose one small thing that’s been really bothering you and fix it.

Maybe you have one window that won’t close properly, a leaky faucet, or a light that’s hard to reach with a burned out bulb. Whatever it is that’s been bothering you, take an hour of time and fix the problem. You’ll feel like a champion. Even better, it won’t take an entire Saturday.

5. Clean out one cupboard or drawer a week.

Instead of resolving to tackle a huge project, take small steps every day to make your home a little more organized. Slow and steady progress on decluttering and organizing improves the entire function of your home. You can also sort the stuff in one drawer in the time that it takes to listen to a single podcast.

6. Do one load of laundry from start to finish every day.

The problem with laundry is how quickly it piles up. The more there is to do, the greater the psychological barrier to beginning. Instead of pledging to get all the laundry done immediately, start small by doing one load every day. Wash dry and put away one load, and it will keep the larger project much more manageable. Once you’ve begun you may even find you’re inspired to keep going.

7. Make your bed every morning.

Some of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep. This year, give your bed a mini-makeover. Invest in new sheets, a quality mattress topper, and fresh pillows. Then, when you get up in the morning make your bed. Each night you’ll come back to bed that is inviting as possible, and a bedroom that is clean and relaxing.

8. Improve your indoor air quality.

It’s still only January, which means we have several long winter months left to spend indoors. Make sure that the air you’re breathing is free of dust-mites, mold, bacteria and viruses. Purchasing an indoor air filter to remove pollutants or some easy-care houseplants is a great start. You can also schedule an HVAC cleaning with Modernistic to take comprehensive measures to improve indoor air quality. Use our easy online scheduling tool to contact us today.

Serving Haslett, MI for 40 years.

How to clean up after the holidays

Posted Monday, December 26th, 2016

The Christmas magic might be gone but the mess isn’t.

We’ve opened the last present and eaten the last cookie. We haven’t stepped on the scale yet (we’re leaving that for New Year’s), but it’s time to start putting the house in order. Since holiday clean-up can be overwhelming, having a simple plan of attack will make the process much faster and more effective.

Take down the tree.

It’s time to get the tree out of your living room before there are more needles in your carpet than on the branches. Taking a little time here will reap dividends next Christmas. Pack away ornaments into clear, stackable boxes. Next Christmas it will be easy to find the pieces you are looking for. Wrap lights around stiff squares of cardboard so that they won’t tangle, and check each line for dead bulbs before you put it away. There’s nothing more frustrating than unwinding string after string of dead lights that you’ve stored for a year.

Don’t hold on to gifts you don’t want or need.

When it’s the thought that counted, don’t store the stuff. Some gifts just won’t be to your taste. If it doesn’t come with a gift receipt, donate it right away. Someone else will benefit from your generosity, and your home will be cleaner and more peaceful without items you are never going to use taking up space in your closet. If you got something new to replace an older but still serviceable item, donate your clean and gently-used possession. And remember, even if you donate the gift, don’t forget to send a thank-you note to the giver.

Clean the guest bedroom.

If you were lucky enough to have family stay over the holidays now it’s time to get your guest room back in order. Once you’ve washed the sheets, emptied the trash, and vacuumed the carpets, this is a good time to do a few extra things to deep clean the room. Using the upholstery attachment vacuum the drapes and the mattress. When you finish, use the crevice tool to deep clean around the baseboards. By the time you have the sheets back on the bed, the room will be even cleaner than it was before Christmas.

Deep-clean your kitchen appliances.

Making a holiday meal will take a toll on your kitchen. Now is a good time to clean your oven inside and out, as well as your microwave and refrigerator. Start by using a wet rag and gentle multi-surface cleaner on the inside of the microwave, for a quick feeling of accomplishment. Next discard any noxious Christmas dinner leftovers and clean the inside of the refrigerator. Finally shine the outside of the appliances and run the cleaning cycle on your oven. Everything will be ready for a fresh start in the New Year.

Recycle or save holiday cards.

Your mailbox filled up with warm wishes from friends and loved ones, but now it’s time to clear the mantle of those smiling holiday photos. Consider pasting the cards and photos from close friends into a quality scrapbook, so that you can look back on them in later years. If you don’t feel the need to keep the card, you can still get some use out of the colorful cardboard. Children will enjoy cutting pictures from old cards to use in future holiday crafts, like homemade gift tags or wrapping paper.

Check your furniture and carpets for stains.

Your friends and family have been drinking wine, snacking on Brie cheese, and wandering in muddy shoes all through your living space. Once you’ve packed away the holiday decorations walk through and look for damage. The sooner you treat stains on your furniture and carpets the better chance you have of restoring your upholstery and rugs. If you see a stain you can try treating it yourself using some of our home carpet cleaning tips.

Of course, once you’ve finished the rest of your holiday clean-up, you might be ready to treat yourself to a break. Why not call the professionals? Modernistic is available immediately after the holidays to get your carpets and furniture looking pristine again. Use our easy online scheduling tool to book your appointment before you’ve even finished dragging the tree down to the road.

Serving Oakland, MI for 40 years.

Plan ahead for easy holiday clean-up

Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Make your holiday clean up a breeze

There are few things as overwhelming as cleaning up all your holiday decorations. It’s almost like planning a small move inside your own house. You carry endless heavy boxes, lose the one that you need, and then spend the afternoon wondering why you have so much stuff in the first place. However, you can make the holiday clean-up much easier by planning a few things in advance.

Check your city trash and recycling schedule.

You know you will have bags of paper, empty boxes, and of course a dead tree to lug down to the curb. Cities often post a curbside pick-up schedule for Christmas trees, and you’ll need to make sure yours it at the road on time. Also, sometimes over the holidays normal city recycling and trash removal schedules are altered. Be sure you are aware of the day to put your bins out on the curb. Particularly because you have extra trash from holiday hosting, you won’t want to miss a week.

Shop for extra storage essentials while you are shopping for gifts.

Do something for yourself while you’re playing Santa for everyone else. Stop by a home goods store and pick up ornament and wreath boxes, holiday light reels, and extra tape and boxes. A nice way to upgrade your holiday storage this year is by picking up a new Christmas tree bag to replace the broken down box your artificial tree came in. Stock up on some tape and clear totes and you’ll be all set for a speedy Christmas take-down.

Think about the order you want to unpack decorations in next year.

There’s nothing more irritating that finding that the piece you need to beginning setting up your holiday decorations is at the very bottom of the last box. As you decorate, think about what you wanted immediately and make a list. Put the list in a box labeled “Unpack First,” and set it aside. Later use the list for reference and fill the box with all the items you noticed that you wanted or needed right away. That way you’ll start your decorating off on the right foot next year.

Declutter while you decorate.

While we are focused on hanging lights and trimming the tree, it’s easy to allow stuff we don’t love to take over our space just because it was already there in the basement. As you unpack your decorations, think about whether it’s something you actually want to keep. Maybe you liked a traditional look a few years ago, but this Christmas you want a minimal, modern style. If you find something broken or that you just don’t enjoy, recycle, trash, or donate it. It will be one less thing to deal with later.

 Schedule cleaning appointments.

Instead of waiting until you’re tired and burned out after the holidays, schedule some professional cleaning now. Set day with your house-cleaner so that you’re guaranteed she’s available. Also, set a day for a full-carpet cleaning. Holidays can be hard on your carpets, but Modernistic can get the last pine needles out of your living room carpet, and tackle those wine stains left from your New Year’s party. Use our easy online scheduling tool to book your appointment before the festivities even begin.

Serving Holt, MI for 40 years.

Five Ways to Reduce Stress Before the Holiday

Posted Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Enjoy some heavenly peace this holiday season.

Poor, maligned Ebenezer Scrooge voiced what most of us feel on occasion – that the holidays are a lot of humbug. Underneath the joyful trappings, many of us dread the responsibilities and family pressures associated with pivotal holidays, when we seem to be expected to manufacture family feeling and seasonal magic like we’re the ones flying around the world on a big red sleigh. If the pressures of the season are getting you down, reduce stress by following these five simple wellness techniques.

1. Focus on being present in the moment.

When we are looking forward to the holiday, the combination of stress and anticipation quickly cause us to lose sight of the present. Take time each day to center yourself. Some people find meditation helpful, but if that doesn’t appeal to you try sitting quietly with a book or a cup of coffee instead. As you prepare for the holiday, focus on what you are experiencing now, like the simple act of wrapping presents. When you fully experience the moment you are in, you can also momentarily forget your to-do list.

2. Don’t try to do everything perfectly.

Holidays are a bad time for perfectionists. They may set their normally high standards even higher, in part because of idealized memories of past holidays, but also because they try to meet the expectations of children and other loved ones. It’s hard to think about disappointing ourselves or the people with whom we’re close. Still, you will do better if you repeat this mantra: there is no such thing as the perfect Christmas. As nearly every Christmas movie will tell you, Christmas is perfect because of its imperfections. Enjoy what happens and let go of the ideal. It’s better for everyone.

3. Spend time taking care of your body.

Santa by night, employee by day, and hostess every weekend, we are all getting a little less sleep. On top of that, sugary sweets and alcoholic drinks surround us at every turn. Make a few healthy choices, like having more crudités than cookies and increasing your water intake to compensate for the extra cocktails. If you can, go for a run or book a massage, and reconnect with your healthy body. It’s tempting to put off good choices for the New Year. Don’t. A few changes now will make a big difference in your stress levels.

4. Avoid holiday arguments with family.

Emotions run high around the holidays. You may not be able to avoid every tense conversation, but it’s possible to handle difficult people with courtesy. When Aunt Jean asks when you’re planning to start a family, smile and tell her you are more comfortable keeping such personal information private. Don’t fume silently over unfairly-distributed responsibilities. Kindly but clearly tell your brother that it would be a big help if he took over washing the dishes so you can finish mashing the potatoes. And when crazy Uncle Ed starts talking politics, leave the room as fast as you can.

5. Don’t try to do everything yourself.

Some things you need to do, some things you want to do, and some things you just end up doing because nobody else offered. Be an advocate for yourself this year. Take a look at everything that you’ve committed to do over the holidays, and think about whether you could ask somebody else to help with one of the tasks on your list. Oftentimes people are glad to help, particularly if you are hosting or organizing the family holiday this year. And if you aren’t able to take on that task and no one else is willing to help out, it’s probably not all that important.

Remember there are often professionals who are available to help too. Modernistic’s team of highly rated carpet, hardwood, and tile cleaners can make your house sparkle while you spend a few moments sitting by the Christmas tree. You deserve to enjoy the season while someone else works for a while. Use our easy online scheduling tool to book your appointment today.

Serving Grand Ledge, Michigan for 40 years.

How to Get Your Home Holiday Ready

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

You can live your life and still be ready for the holiday this year

Christmas is less than two weeks away, and the reality of hosting is finally starting to hit us. In a few days, the tree needs to be trimmed, the presents wrapped, the party prepped, and the house ready for our in-laws. It’s the kind of pressure that affects even people with a household staff, and for those of us who aren’t Kate Middleton, it can seem downright impossible. Take a deep breath, put some more brandy in your eggnog, and read on. You’ll have your home holiday ready in no time at all.

Make a Good First Impression.

Maybe you’ve realized that decking the halls, or at least all of them, is just not going to happen this year. However, it doesn’t take a lot to make an impact. Focus on decorating your entryway and foyer. Wrap a garland around the bannister, lay out a welcome mat, and be sure to hang a wreath on the door. It won’t take much time at all, but what guests see immediately when they arrive will set the tone for the party.

Declutter, don’t deep clean.

Save going through your closets for spring cleaning. Right now, focus on cutting visual clutter. Take a laundry basket and walk through your main living areas. Look for things that are out of place, unsightly, or just taking up space. Those art projects that have been clipped to the refrigerator since September, that pile of magazines on the coffee table, and the mismatched coasters all go in your basket. Don’t worry about sorting it out now. Put it somewhere your guests won’t see it, and return to it after the holiday.

Think ahead about what your guests want and need.

Whether you are throwing a party or having people for a week, a good host anticipates what his or her guests will need. Stock each bathroom with extra hand towels and soap, rolls of toilet paper, and a new plunger. Create a coffee station, where your guests can easily find sugar, coffee, creamer, and tea bags. If you have guests staying in your home, consider adding a small card with instructions for using the coffeemaker.

Take simple safety precautions.

You may be hosting guests with different needs than your own family. Keep everyone safe in your home by taking a few simple steps. Put child gates in front of stairways, and either install safety latches on cupboards containing cleaning chemicals, alcohol or medications, or move these things where little hands can’t reach them. Add nightlights in the bathroom and hallways, and make sure your porch light is working and your walkways are free of ice. Nobody wants to spend the holiday in the emergency room.

Add a few holiday accents.

You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money adding decorative elements, but a few well-chosen pieces throughout the house will really make your style shine. Put out some holiday  throw pillows, add some seasonal candles, and a vase or two of greens mixed with bittersweet berries. Once you’ve placed festive tray of snacks on the sideboard, you’ve achieved a holiday look with minimal effort.

Cook as much as possible ahead of time.

People always like to gather in the kitchen, which can be stressful if you are whipping up half a dozen side dishes and appetizers. Plan your party meal so that at least half the dishes can be prepped in advance, cutting down on what you need to do before your guests arrive. You’ll cut down on your last-minute kitchen stress, and you’ll be better able to enjoy the party yourself.

Clean your home strategically.

You don’t need to clean your oven, your bedroom, or that home office. You do want to spruce up your main living spaces. After you’ve decluttered, make a big impact by cleaning your carpets and upholstery. Modernistic can be at your house before the 25th, and our online scheduling process makes getting in touch with us easier than sledding down a hill. Your guests will be impressed by your sparkling interior, and they’ll never have to know that you piled two weeks of laundry next to your dresser.

Serving Okemos, MI for 40 years.

Which Holiday Decorations to Buy Rather Than DIY

Posted Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Making a Merry Holiday at Home

It’s that glorious time of year. People who normally don’t bake or craft suddenly transform into Martha Stewart. Or the version of Martha Stewart who sets off all the fire alarms and glues her fingers together. Before you get a little overzealous with your Pinterest boards, remember that sometimes it pays to have the professionals take over. Put down the scissors and consider a few simple questions.

How valuable is my time?

We all know what our time is worth, and not just monetarily. The holiday season is filled with small commitments that pile up faster than snow on a driveway. Sometimes the hours spent cooking or making special gifts and decorations become our best memories. Other times we feel anxious and overwhelmed. The key is to only tackle projects that you are sure you can balance with your normal schedule. That way you aren’t spending hours you can’t afford to lose.

Am I doing this because I want to, or to impress other people?

Sometimes we all go out of our comfort zone and try something new. Still, with the pressure of hosting and attending holiday events, we might succumb to the unrealistic idea that we’re all meant to be holiday mavens. Every failed craft and cake begins to feel like a personal failure. If you’re doing something because you enjoy it, and not to score points at school drop-off, then you’ll manage to smile even when your homemade bath bombs turn to goop.

What’s the impact of my consumer choices this holiday?

Mindful purchasing and creative thinking make Christmas better around the globe. Make a paper garland out of recycled magazines instead of stocking up on ecologically harmful tinsel, or bake edible Christmas ornaments instead of buying new glass baubles. Many organizations sell fair trade wares, holiday decorations and gifts, that support artisans around the world. You can also make a point to get your holiday decorations or eat special meals at a local business rather than corporate chains. Spend where you can to support good businesses, and make what you can to reduce your ecological footprint.

Is making this together something that will be positive family time?

There are a lot of ways to make memories as a family during the holiday season. Think about whether Christmas baking or crafting is a good choice for your family. Younger children won’t have the patience for a complicated craft, but might enjoy making something simple and seeing it displayed over the holidays. Older children are more excited when they can be more independent in creating art. Be willing to listen to their ideas even if they don’t match your idea of the ideal décor. Finally, if you know that your family won’t enjoy this sort of activity, pick up the decorations from a store and try something like tobogganing instead!

Do I have a place to store newly purchased holiday decorations?

One of the advantages to making decorations rather than investing in a set from the store is that so much of what we make can be recycled or returned to nature. For instance, a collection of fallen branches put in a vase and trimmed with lights can be kindling for a New Year’s bonfire. Popcorn chains can be hung outside to feed birds and squirrels. Paper snowflakes can be recycled. When it’s all over there’s little to store, and you can look forward to creating it all again next year. On the other hand, when you purchase decorations, you then have to be sure to pack them away carefully and store them somewhere away from moisture and extreme temperatures. It can be a lot of trouble for a few weeks of Christmas cheer.

Is it really a job for a professional?

With an abundance of Youtube videos and online craft supply stores, it can be easy to feel like we can make anything we want. However, sometimes it’s better to let a professional take over. You might spend a great deal of money and time trying to do something yourself, and not end up satisfied with the results. Paying a qualified person to get what you want might be the better option.

Here at Modernistic, we’re familiar with the DIY gone wrong. After all, Pinterest is full of carpet cleaning solutions as well as Christmas crafts. However, even the best DIY methods leave your carpets only partially cleaned, and often damp as well, a breeding ground for mold and odor. At worst, “failproof” home cleaning solutions, harsh chemical cleaners, and rented machines can damage your carpet badly, fading colors and pulling out fibers.

Once you decide which holiday decorations to buy and which to DIY, contact Modernistic to schedule your regular carpet cleaning. Our professional equipment and expert cleaners will take one more item off your to-do list, leave your carpets looking fabulous for the holiday season, and deliver the kind of results you just can’t do yourself.


How to Host Guests With Allergies This Holiday

Posted Monday, November 28th, 2016

Six ways to be considerate of guests with allergies

We all want to be good hosts to our guests. While it might be impressive to fold everyone an origami reindeer, what’s really going to make you a star this season is accommodating your guests’ allergies. It only takes a bit of knowledge and preparation to make this holiday merry and safe for everyone.

1. We’re going to get a Christmas tree (and then wash it).

Pine needles can trigger many different kinds of allergic reactions. The most obvious allergen they carry is pine pollen, as well as various molds, which grow as the trees sit outside. Also, a few people are allergic to the chemical sprays used in farming, or the terpene oils produced by coniferous trees. Trimming the tree isn’t much fun if it leaves people congested with red eyes and a rash.

If you prefer natural greenery, gently spray and wipe the branches with a diluted bleach and water solution before you bring the greenery inside. This should remove any molds, pollen, or pesticides. Since bleach will dull the bright colors of ribbon and artificial flowers, only use water on decorated wreaths and garlands. Christmas trees are often too large to wash entirely by hand. Instead wipe the trunk, the likeliest place for mold, with a bleach and water solution. Then spray it down with a garden hose.

2. Be alert to possible centerpiece catastrophes.

Floral centerpieces can be a real problem for guest with allergies and can also bring on an asthma attack. However, it’s the fragrance, not the pollen, that starts your guests wheezing and sniffing. This kind of reaction is not always a true allergy – just an uncomfortable response to a scent that can irritate the lining of your nose and throat. For an easy fix, you can substitute less strongly scented flowers. Ask your florist to make an arrangement with seasonal but unscented blooms, like holly, or amaryllis.

3. Avoid room fresheners, candles, and potpourri.

Like flowers, the strong scents in candles, room fresheners, and potpourri can inflame the sensitive airways of people with asthma. Some paraffin wax candles may even release carcinogenic chemicals when they burn, according to research done at South Carolina State University. Stick to soybean and beeswax candles, and if the scent it particularly strong, blow them out before guests arrive. Avoid room fresheners and potpourri altogether. And, if you want something for ambiance, burn unscented candles at the table.

4. You may bring more than the ornaments up from the basement.

The places we tend to store our holiday decorations, like attics, garages, and basements, all are prime breeding grounds for mold. When possible, unpack the boxes in a well-ventilated space. Wipe ornaments and artificial plants and greenery with a damp rag sprayed with a color-safe cleaning solution. A small amount of white vinegar mixed with distilled water, or a store-bought green cleaner, should kill any mold spores clinging to last year’s poinsettias.

5. Keep your figgy-pudding free of possible allergens.

It can be difficult to accommodate guests with food allergies, but these can be very serious, even life-threatening. A considerate host will communicate clearly with people ahead of time. Ask your friends to tell you about any allergies, and check whether your planned menu will accommodate their dietary restrictions. If you absolutely can’t avoid serving something that contains an ingredient one of your guests can’t have, set up separate serving areas to avoid cross-contamination, and clearly label the different dishes.

6. Have your air-ducts cleaned before turning on your furnace for the first time.

The weather is turning colder in Michigan, and we may be cranking up the heat to keep our guests warm. However, several months of dander, dust, and mold may have accumulated in our air-ducts since we last turned on the furnace. If your guests are allergic to pets, dustmites, or mildew, they may soon be sneezing and coughing their way through not-so-silent nights. Think about having your air-ducts cleaned before your holiday guests arrive.

Modernistic will have your indoor air clean and allergen-free in no time at all, so that you and your family can have a happy and healthy holiday. Contact us today!

Serving Wyoming, Michigan for 40 years.

Give the Gift of a Clean Home This Christmas

Posted Friday, November 25th, 2016

How to give the best gift this holiday season

Holidays are a joyful time, but also a time of great stress for many of us. As relatives age and families scatter to different states, many people feel anxious and overwhelmed by the expectations and responsibilities. Especially when you’re far away, or equally overburdened with Christmas commitments, it can be hard to help. That’s why one of the best gifts you can give this year is a a real-life Christmas elf – a home cleaning professional who can come in and ready your home for the holidays.

When should you think about giving the gift of a clean home?

Sometimes it’s hard to think of a gift for those you love most. People often seem to have everything they need, and simply picking something from a wish list lacks a personal touch. We want our gift to say that we’ve thought about the person in a meaningful way, that we’ve considered their likes and dislikes, and want to make their life better in some small way. Concrete help can mean more than another trinket from the store. Aging parents and new moms are often especially grateful for a little extra assistance. Or, if you have a close friend who’s been ill recently, he or she will likely appreciate some help around the home more than another bouquet of get-well flowers. You may find yourself unable to offer help yourself. But you can offer to bring in a professional to lend a hand.

What kind of help should you look for?

Sometimes you can find a friend or neighbor who does housecleaning on the side for a reasonable fee. However, if you’re willing to pay a bit more, most professional cleaning services offer a one-time home cleaning. If you buy a package of cleanings you’ll often receive a slight discount per unit, but that is more complicated to schedule for a family member. Be sure to shop around, and compare quotes and online reviews, so that you don’t lose money on a less than reputable service.

You can also look for specific cleaning services. You may find that your grandma is happy to do her own dishes, but can’t handle the more strenuous task of scrubbing the grout. Or it could be that your in-laws want to give the upholstery a deep cleaning, but lack the time and experience to do the job. A professional cleaning service can fill that need, and take one more item of their to-do list.

Talk with the recipient before scheduling any cleaning.

When your house is being cleaned, it will cause a certain amount of disruption in your space. Be sure to discuss the best day with your friend or family member ahead of time. You will also need to talk to your cleaning service to see what their requirements are for the home before they arrive. Many services only need you to be home at the beginning and end of their appointment. This means your friend or relative can plan that time to do some other activity, like their holiday shopping. If they have a pet, they might need to arrange to have the dog or cat out of the home, or properly isolated. The recipient will appreciate your considerate gesture more if you consult with them about accommodating their schedule ahead of time.

How to give the gift of a clean home to your friend or family member.

Many people feel pressure to make their homes look as clean and welcoming as possible before the holiday. Especially if we have pets or children, cleaning the carpet is a basic chore we just can’t skip. Arranging a full-house carpet cleaning can be a generous way to chip in towards the expense of hosting out-of-town guests. Try broaching the subject by saying something like, “I’d love to help you with the trouble and expense of hosting us all, but I feel like there’s so little I can do. Would you allow me to contribute in this way?” Once they realize you sincerely want to help, they will be touched by your thoughtfulness.

When you’ve spoken with your family, contact Modernistic for professional carpet cleaning services. Our flexible scheduling and reputation for prompt and reliable service makes us the perfect choice. When you work with us, your family won’t be disappointed with their gift this holiday season. Contact us today!

Serving Macomb, MI for 40 years.

Reducing Holiday Burnout this Thanksgiving

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Enjoy your family and fight stress this Thanksgiving

Sometimes it’s hard to say how the holidays go so wrong. We gather together to share a meal, watch some football, and relax from our busy lives. However, somehow Thanksgiving can leave us feeling like the turkey is getting the better end of the bargain. Here at Modernistic we have a few tried and true tips for reducing holiday burnout, which work for even the most frazzled hosts and hostesses.

Make Sure to Get Enough Rest.

Many of us are already trying hard to keep pace with our busy lives. Whether you’re in the nine-to-five grind, or stay-at-home mom extraordinaire, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. The holidays bring a whole new set of tasks and commitments on top of our ordinary schedule. This November, be sure to stop and rest. Sit and read a favorite book, schedule a massage, or spend some time with a friend. Make sure you have the emotional reserves to deal with the inevitable aggravations that come with the holiday—long lines, overbearing in-laws, and hyper children. Also get as much sleep as you can. Santa’s elves may be able to work all night, but you will only be at your best with some solid shut-eye.

Remember to say ‘no’ sometimes.

It can be hard to turn down invitations or requests for help or for the latest toy. However, you need to sometimes put your own needs first. Have healthy boundaries about your time and money. Know when you need to say ‘no,’ and don’t allow holiday guilt to overwhelm you. None of us can do everything, and when we try we will simply end up exhausted and resentful. Think about what is important to you and save your energy and money for that. Hopefully you will savor each meaningful commitment, instead of flying between engagements with barely a moment to down a holiday cocktail.

Recognize when your expectations are unrealistic.

We all anticipate different things during the holidays. Especially as our families grow we have to manage different sets of expectations and family traditions. It’s easy to be disappointed, heartbroken even, when things don’t go quite as we hoped. Despite the cannon of holiday movies that promise happy endings amid softly falling snow, real life rarely lives up to our expectations. Think about what you want from the holiday season. Evaluate your expectations and decide whether you need to adjust those ideals to better reflect your life now.

Ask others for help.

In many families some people consistently seem to do more than their share. Maybe they are better equipped to manage the tasks that come with making it a happy holiday. Or maybe they have just always assumed a more responsible role. Still, taking on more than your share of the chores will quickly wear you down and you’ll begin to begrudge others who don’t share the load. Be proactive in asking for help. Maybe your younger brother can’t cook, but could he bring some wine, or be on dish duty? Politely making clear that you need and expect others to help will go a long way towards reducing holiday burnout.

Prepare some of the food ahead of time.

Aside from the turkey, many Thanksgiving foods can be prepared in advance. Do as much washing and chopping of vegetables as you can in the days leading up to the holiday, and store them in individual Ziploc bags in the crisper. Most casseroles can be made weeks ahead of time and frozen, so that all you have to do on the big day is move foil wrapped trays into the oven. And if you are one of the gourmets that makes your own cranberry sauce, it will keep in the refrigerator up to two weeks. Instead of a frenzied six-hour shift in the kitchen, you could make preparing an outstanding meal look as simple as mashing some potatoes and basting a turkey.

Let the professionals do the work for you.

Many of us feel like our budgets are stretched to the max during the holidays. Hiring help might seem like an extravagant indulgence. However, the time and peace of mind you can regain is often worth the expense. Many of us feel pressure to deep clean before our guests arrive, but it can be physically grueling as well as time-consuming. Consider whether you can hire a cleaning service for a day sometime before Thanksgiving. Then you can spend your time cooking or visiting with your guests instead.

To really make the whole house sparkle think about scheduling your regular carpet cleaning right before Thanksgiving, so that your living spaces look their best. Not only will this be aesthetically pleasing, it will be a gift to your guests will allergies as well, who benefit from less dust and dander in their living space. Contact the professionals at Modernistic, then stop and smell the poinsettias this holiday season.

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Tips For How to Care for a Shag Rug

Posted Monday, November 21st, 2016

Do you know how to care for a shag rug?

Shag rugs are in this year, and it’s easy to see why Sterling Heights residents love them. Soft underfoot, warm, and available in natural, long-lasting fibers like wool, they are a clear winner in home décor. Still, for all their appealing features, shag rugs are not easy to clean. Here are a few ideas to help you care for a shag rug.

Have you chosen the right rug for the right space?

The long fibers of a shag rug will collect more dirt than other types of carpeting. If it is plush enough, it will also swallow LEGOs, crumbs, dirt, small leaves, and any other thing your pets and children might leave behind. It’s important to choose the right rug for the right space. Shag rugs are not always the best choice for high traffic areas, like the dining room or playroom. It’s harder to keep a Flokati rug clean when it’s laying under your table, than when it is in the bedroom.

Vacuum the back of the rug.

There’s a special trick to vacuuming shag rugs. First, roll your rug and unroll it upside down. Then use your vacuum as normal on the back side of the rug. This will suck out dust and dander, and the beater will loosen dirt caught in the fibers of the carpet. Roll the rug back up again. While the rug is rolled up, run the vacuum over the floor sucking up all the dirt that fell out of the carpet. Finally, unroll the rug right side up.

Vacuum the front of the rug with the upholstery attachment.

Shag rugs can snarl on the vacuum’s rotating brush, or begin to “blossom,” which means that the individual strands of fiber fray and untwist. The beater brush will quickly damage the rug, aging and loosening the fibers. Switch to an attachment with a soft brush head – the type designed for drapes and upholstery. Because it uses only suction, it is gentle on the carpet fibers, while the bristles loosen debris caught on the strands.

Soak up as much of a spill as you can right away.

You should soak up spills and spots with a soft white rag or towel as quickly as possible on any kind of rug, but especially on shag rugs. The depth of the carpet ply makes a shag rug like a sponge, and once that wine has really soaked in it’s hard to get out. Take your time, and really try to blot out every last bit of moisture.

Treating individual spots with care.

Once you’ve soaked up as much of a spill as possible, you can treat spots on a shag rug. However, use extra care in picking the correct cleaner. Because of how dense the ply is, too much water on a shag rug will take a long time to dry. A damp rug is breeding ground for mold and mildew, which can cause allergies and respiratory issues. Try misting the stain with a vinegar and water solution, allowing it to sit for a few minutes, and then wiping with an absorbent cloth. This should lighten stains and not overly saturate the rug.

When should you take a shag rug to be professionally cleaned?

How often you take your rug to be cleaned by a professional will depend on several variables. A rug in a sitting room will likely need cleaning more often than one in the guest room. And if you have children and pets you may need to take rugs more often still. A good cleaning company will have the right equipment to deal with the most delicate and expensive shag rugs, using specialized cleaning solutions, and a labor intensive washing and brushing process.

This kind of cleaning is impossible to DIY at home. However, to extend the life of your rug, and keep it sanitary, professional cleaning is a worthwhile investment. We know that taking every necessary step to care for a shag rug is a big job. When you are ready to trust your rug to the experts, contact us at Modernistic.

Serving Sterling Heights, MI for 40 years.