5 Simple & Quick Spring Cleaning Tips

Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Simple & Quick spring cleaning tips

It’s springtime in Michigan, and you know what that means: most people are spending a good chunk of their free time cleaning and organizing their homes. People are proud of their homes and want the spaces where they spend most of their time to be organized, clean, and comfortable. Spring cleaning takes time, however, so here are a few Simple & Quick Spring Cleaning tips to help you clean more effectively and efficiently. Utilize these and you’ll get more out of your time spent cleaning and you’ll have more time to spend doing fun things!

Make a Cleaning Caddy!

Using a Cleaning Caddy saves you from running back and forth to the kitchen cupboard for cleaning supplies, which ends up saving time and energy so you can get more work done and move on to fun activities! All you need is your most commonly used cleaning supplies and something easy to carry to store them all in!

A Cleaning Caddy is very simple to put together: it is just an easy way to transport all your supplies at once. Some grocery stores make cloth bags designed to hold wine bottles that have 4- 6 little compartments sewn right into the bag.

These work really well because they are very light, washable, and will separate your supplies. If you can’t find a cloth-sectioned bag there are other options! Many stores make cheap plastic cleaning totes, and you can always just utilize a regular cloth tote bag if you cannot find a sectioned one.

Fill your tote with your most commonly used and favorite cleaning supplies: all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, wood cleaner, paper towel, plastic bags (for any trash and used paper towels) and a duster. Take your caddy and have at it.

Dress for the Occasion!

Cleaning can be tough work and can wear you out quickly! One way to make the job easier is to clean in the right clothing. With all the reaching, carrying, scrubbing, and running up and down the stairs, you can heat up quick and get uncomfortable. And discomfort can really slow you down!

Pick clothes that you don’t care too much about. There’s really no reason to wear your best yoga pants while picking up the house, they are definitely going to get covered in dust and grime! Choose some loose sweat pants and a breathable t-shirt. You won’t overheat as quickly and when you are done cleaning just toss everything in the hamper.

Pro tip: If you know you’ll be working on your knees cleaning the tub or organizing cupboards wear knee pads or buy a kneeling pad from the garden section. It will save your knees and you’ll be able to spend more time working on those areas.

De-Clutter before Cleaning

To make sure your cleaning time is spent as efficiently as possible de-clutter the areas beforehand. Work room to room. Clear counters and tabletops or items and papers, then clear the floor. If you don’t have time to organize at the moment make a pile of items to organize and put away later. Removing this clutter clears the path for you to come through and clean surfaces without having to stop to move or re-arrange items.

Clean Top To Bottom

Regardless what room you are cleaning in this can help you save time and energy! Start from the top and work your way down. Dust crown molding and clear cobwebs before washing the walls below. Wipe out cupboards before cleaning the countertops below. Wipe crumbs from countertops and tables and save sweeping or vacuuming for last. If you follow this top to bottom principle in every room you will avoid dirtying areas you have already carefully cleaned. Make a little checklist for each room of what to clean, working from top to bottom.

Make Multitasking Work For You

Most cleaning lists have a lot of different tasks on them, some you may be able to complete while working on others. Before moving on to any other tasks get some items going in the laundry and dishwasher. If you do not have a dishwasher soak some hard to clean pots and pans in hot soapy water!

Now not only are you working on the task at hand but laundry and dishes are getting done at the same time! Listen for the buzzers or set a timer on your phone to check on the laundry or dishwasher, that way you can keep those machines working while you are working.

If you have an essential oil diffuser run that in the rooms you are cleaning to leave them smelling fresh and welcoming. A little bit of multitasking, if carefully done, can go a long way!

You have your Spring Cleaning tips, you have your Cleaning Cubby organized, it’s time to turn on the diffuser, get some laundry started, and get to spring cleaning!

For over 45 years, Modernistic has been making Spring Cleaning in Michigan Simple & Quick. If you want the freshest carpet, upholstery, tile, and air ducts this season, call or click today!  


You’ll Be Shocked How Dirty Your “Clean” Chair Really Is!

Posted Friday, March 9th, 2018

We sit on it, lay on it, play on it, and even eat on it. So why do we think it doesn’t need to be cleaned as often as our floors? Your furniture can collect just as much (sometimes even more!) dirt and soil as the floor. Even though it may look clean, upholstery can hide all sorts of nasty stuff you can’t see with your naked eye. Don’t believe us? Try the White Towel Test for yourself!  

Looks Can Be Deceiving

At Modernistic, we have all sorts of tricks up our sleeve to get your home clean, but this one is a eye-opening test to show you how much you need your upholstery professionally cleaned. Our White Towel Test is a sure fire way to show you what you’ve been unwittingly sitting on. All we do is utilize four key elements to show you the dirt and soiling that you and your family may be lounging on.

The White Towel Test

1.) A white towel (preferably one of ours to save you the extra dirty laundry).

2.) A piece of seemingly-clean upholstery in your home.

3.) A trained and certified Modernistic Technician.

4.) A Modernistic truck-mounted vacuum system.

Here’s what happens:

 

When you get all 4 of these things together, you’ll see that what you thought was clean upholstery is definitely NOT so clean.

The Modernistic White Towel Test is one of the easiest ways to see all the dirt you may be leaving behind when you think your cleaning is done. We place a simple white towel between your upholstery and our powerful truck-mounted vacuum equipment. Next, our technician will run the vacuum across your upholstery. The white towel acts like a filter and will reveal the soiling hiding in your upholstery. You will be surprised at how much dirt you can’t see on your sofas, chairs, ottomans, and sectional seating.

What Does This Mean?

The proof is in the pudding! That’s why, when you want to get your upholstery truly clean, you need the professionals at Modernistic. Many people believe they can easily clean their upholstery themselves, but as the White Towel Test proves, no cleaning method in the world can compare to the power of a truck-mounted hot water extraction. Not to mention all of the different types of upholstery fabric there are today; it takes an experienced hand to use just the right amount of water and pressure to avoid damaging delicate fabrics!

What About Your Furniture?

Dust mites, microbes, and other contaminants will invisibly accumulate in your upholstery over time, so if you want to see your furniture cleaned right, then hire a professional like Modernistic. You bring the upholstery, and we’ll bring the white towel!


Do My Air Ducts Need To Be Cleaned? A Simple & Quick Guide

Posted Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

 

We hear this question a lot. People often ask us “how can I tell if my air ducts need to be cleaned?”, which is not as easy to answer as it would seem. Having a clean HVAC system can help with allergies and lower your energy bills, but how often does the average house need air duct cleaning? The truth of the matter is that it depends on the home and the people living in it. Anyone with allergies or multiple pets might discover they have to get their air ducts cleaned every few years.  Someone without the dirt of pets or kids might find they have to do it much more infrequently.  Since there’s no such thing as the average home, here are a few ways to tell if the air ducts need to be cleaned in your home:

In Sight, In Mind           

The easiest way to check to find out if your air ducts are dirty is to simply take a look.  If you can, take a vent cover off and look at the inside of your ducts. If there is a buildup of dust and debris than it could very well be time to clean your air ducts. Be aware that the return registers in your home may not be the most accurate indicator, since they pull in dusty air and will get dustier much faster than the rest of your air duct system!

Location, Location, Location

While every home is going to gradually have dust settle in their duct system, there are countless external factors that can speed up the process. Living on an unpaved road or by a sandy beach can increase the amount of dirt that gets tracked into your home and pulled into your ducts.  Anyone with pets will who are prone to shedding will attest that they do so everywhere, with some of it undoubtedly getting pulled into your ductwork. A little pet hair of dust in the ducts can go unnoticed for years, but if you have allergies to dust or pet dander you might find that you want to have air duct cleaning more frequently.

Love The New Bathroom, Hate The Drywall Dust

Even new homes can sometimes need their air ducts cleaned, especially after the construction phase. Drywall dust, sawdust, and other fine particulates can keep getting recirculated through your home, making it seem like you have to dust very often. Air duct cleaning can remove the drywall dust and any other construction debris behind in the ductwork of your new home.

Isn’t It Time You Checked?

While there isn’t a set standard of time, there are definitely plenty of other ways to tell if your air ducts need to be cleaned. Indoor air quality is important, and it only takes 5 minutes to see if your air ducts could be the dusty, dirty culprit! To find out more about air duct cleaning, visit our FAQ page to learn more.

If you’re ever unsure if your air ducts could use a thorough cleaning, you can always call Modernistic . One of our NADCA-certified air duct technicians would be more than happy to come out and take a look for you!


What’s the Big Deal With LED Bulbs?

Posted Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

What Makes LED Bulbs Better?

It’s a simple fact: LED lights can save you money on your electric bill. But why? What makes LED bulbs better than the ones you already have in your home?

Not all lights are created equal. You may need to ditch the old incandescent bulbs and upgrade to the future to help get the best lighting in every room of your home.

Enter the LED bulb.

Unlike its ugly brother the incandescent bulb, which produces light by heating up a filament until it is white hot, a LED, or light emitting diode, bulb creates light by sending electricity through a microchip that illuminates a set of small lights.

Enough of the science talk though, let’s get real here. LED light bulbs will save you money.

How Do LED Bulbs Save Money?

Since these bulbs are designed to light up your home more efficiently, LED bulbs use almost 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb, and as an added bonus, they typically last 25 times longer.

That means you get to save money on your energy bill and not replace that pain-in-the-butt chandelier light as often.

If it’s too hard to believe just check out this chart from energy.gov.

But don’t worry, you still get the same brightness out of your fancy new LEDs that you would from your old incandescents. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission requires all LED manufacturers to put information like lumens(brightness), energy cost, and life on all packaging so you can make sure you’re selecting the right bulb for your home’s needs.

It’s all wrapped up for you in a nice shiny (pun intended) package.

The Latest Tech

And finally for all you techies out there, many manufacturers are creating LED bulbs that you can control through mobile devices like your smartphone or tablet.

This means the next time when your kids, who like to use your home as the world’s light source, forget to turn off the lights, you can do it from the comfort of your favorite chair. Necessary? Not really. Awesomely high tech? You bet!

Before you show off your new LED lighting to all your family and friends, make sure your home is in tip-top shape. Let your carpet and upholstery shine by scheduling thorough cleaning from the professionals at Modernistic, Michigan’s #1 trusted choice for over 45 years!


How Often Should I Get My Carpet Cleaned in 2018?

Posted Monday, February 5th, 2018

How do you get the most out of your carpet?

Chances are, you vacuum weekly and blot up the occasional stain on a regular basis. For a lucky few, that’s good enough for them; maybe they don’t need their carpet to last very long, or they just plain don’t walk on it. But for the rest of us, we need to ensure our carpet’s longevity and protect the investment we made in our homes. If you find yourself asking How often should I get my carpet cleaned this year? – keep reading!

Manufacturer’s Recommendations  

Most carpet manufacturers recommend having a professional steam clean the carpets every 12-18 months to maintain the warranty. That’s the absolute minimum, according to the people who make carpet! Aside from cleaning to maintain a warranty, there are a few other factors to consider when deciding how often to get your carpets cleaned.

Here’s What You Need To Know

Carpet cleaning frequency depends on your family’s needs. Every home is different and every family’s needs vary. Smaller households with no pets may only need to get their carpets steam cleaned once a year. On the other hand a larger household with multiple pets would benefit from more frequent cleanings, 2-4 times a year. If you or a family member suffer from allergies consider having your carpet steam cleaned every 2-3 months. Professional steam cleaning will drastically reduce allergens in your home, and sometimes, depending on the home, there are even more allergens indoors than outdoors! For many people the holidays are a culmination of special events and special guests and having a clean home to host it all in is very important. Cleaning to prepare for special occasions is always a big deal, but the carpets are often overlooked! Nothing can freshen up a room quite like a steam cleaning. A lot of people either plan a cleaning before the holidays to prepare, or after the holidays to remedy any spills or spots that may have occurred during the festivities.  Some people plan on both!

Regardless of how often you have a professional out to steam clean your home there are ways to help maintain its cleanliness. Most professional carpet cleaners offer to apply Carpet Protection once the cleaning has been completed. Carpet Protection (like 3M Scotchgard) creates a protective barrier between your carpet and any dirt, dust, or spills that may touch your carpeting.  Liquid will not saturate the fibers as quickly and keeps spills and stains up on the surface, giving you more time to clean up. Applying Carpet Protection is the best way to maintain the clean look and feel of your carpet between professional cleanings.  Although there is no scientific method to determine the best possible carpet cleaning schedule a good rule of thumb is this: if it looks dirty or dingy, schedule a cleaning!

Families across Michigan have depended on Modernistic to get the most out of their carpets for over 40 years. Contact us today to see how you can prolong the life of your carpet – the Simple & Quick way!


Fun Indoor Activities for Kids in the Winter

Posted Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

When the temperatures dip and the snow piles up, we often find our faces glued to screens and not enjoying quality time together as a family. In the warm days of summer, we can lock our electronics inside while we make memories together outside. In the frigid January wind and snow, not so much! If your youngsters are driving you crazy, don’t let the weather get you down; try some of these winter-approved indoor activities for kids!

Do Summer Inside

When the weather isn’t cooperating, make the most of your interior space. There’s no rule that summer fun HAS to be outdoors. Try some of these fun indoor activities for kids (usually reserved for summer!) in the heated comfort of your home:
Put down a tarp and fill a kiddy pool with sand – Instant sand box!
Put on your swimsuits and head to the bathroom for an indoor water park – Cups, bath crayons, and water guns bring bath time to a new (and way more fun) level.
Have a picnic – Who says you need to wait for a sunny day? Pack up your favorite snacks in a basket and lay out a big blanket on your living room floor. Bring along finger sandwiches and a teapot for an extra fancy touch.
Build an old fashioned pillow fort – When the kids are longing for their tree house, a table or desk covered with a blanket and filled with cozy pillows and stuffed toys makes for a quick and easy hideaway.

Don’t Forget the Old Standbys

Now that the kids have a place for their fun, they will want some entertainment. This is the perfect time to pull out all of those board games or a deck of cards from the back of the closet. Another great way to spend an hour is to pull up a video online and learn something new! A new magic trick, a new recipe, a new song ; you can learn anything online. These long cold nights are a perfect opportunity to pop some corn and share a favorite movie from your childhood with your kids. Really put that pillow fort to good use, and cuddle up with a good book, or let the pros read a book aloud with an audio book or story podcast. There are kid and family friendly podcasts available for free download!

Family Bonding

These cold days and nights are a great time to share some meaningful time together as a family. Being trapped indoors may seem confining, but, with a bit of planning and some of these fun indoor activities for kids, your family can enjoy many bonding experiences while waiting out our Michigan winter.

Modernistic has been helping Michigan families cope with the rigors of winter for over 40 years! While we know many ways to keep kids busy when it’s cold outside, we know even more about ways to keep your carpet, upholstery, tile, hardwood, and air ducts clean and ready for family night. YES, even in the winter!