Simple & Quick Ways To Make Your Carpet Last As Long As Possible

Posted Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

make carpet last as long as possibleYou just got your carpets cleaned. They look great now but with kids, pets, and life in general you’re concerned they won’t stay that way. After all, flooring is one of your home’s biggest investments. It’s only natural to ask yourself what you can do between professional cleanings to make sure your carpet lasts as long as possible. Luckily, there are a few Simple & Quick steps you can take to make sure you get the most out of your investment!

There are some very easy things you can do to help prolong the life of your carpeting. The first thing is 3M Scotchgard! This is a protectant that can be applied by the professional cleaners right after they clean, and it’s something we recommend for all our customers who want their carpet to last. 3M Scotchgard will help repel liquids (which gives you longer to get it out before the spill sets into the fibers) and also help repel dry soil (which will help prevent wear damage). Many carpet manufacturers actually require protectant after cleanings in order to keep the warranty up to date!

While it’s impossible to keep all the dirt off your carpet there are things you can do every day. Having everyone take their shoes off when they enter your home is a huge step to reduce the influx dirt and wear of your carpet fibers. Have a plastic mat for everyone to set their shoes in. If that isn’t an option, an entry rug right by the entryway will help make sure you and your family aren’t tracking in soil from the outside world.

Another important way to keep your carpet looking fresh is frequent vacuuming. Carpet can hold much more than its own weight in dirt that isn’t visible to the naked eye, and vacuuming is a great way to remove it. There’s no such thing as vacuuming too often! The more you do it the cleaner your carpeting will be – and the longer it will last.

There are also things that can be done every few years to prolong the life of your carpeting. One of them is to get your air ducts cleaned. Your ducts push air all throughout your home, and if they aren’t clean, they are pushing all the dust, soil, debris, and allergens they collect into your home’s indoor air – and eventually, down into your carpeting. Over time, this can create filtration lines – visible lines of worn in dirt along the edges of your walls or under doorways. These lines show where the soil in your home’s air settles into your carpeting. Getting your air ducts cleaned will not only help keep the dirt and dust out of your carpet, it will keep the dirt and dust out of your entire home!

Another way to get the most out of your carpet between cleanings is to rearrange the furniture in high traffic rooms like your living room. No matter how clean your home is eventually your carpet fibers will begin to wear from use. Moving where the chairs and sofas sit will change where the wear is most prevalent.

It’s is a significant home investment, and we all want to make sure our carpet lasts as long as possible. With these easy steps, you can keep your carpet looking great in between professional Modcleans!

Modernistic has been extending the life of Michigan carpets since 1973. Call or click today to see how we can help you protect your flooring investment!


Indoor Games Your Kids Will Love

Posted Friday, February 15th, 2019

We are all looking for some time away from screens. But when our Michigan weather is cold, snowy, wet, or otherwise inclement, it can be tough to find fun things for kids to do; you can only play in the snow for so long before everyone gets too cold! With all the snow days our kids have had recently, it can be tough to find activities to keep them entertained for a full day. Pry the tablets and phones away from your kids (or grandkids) and spend some quality time playing these fun indoor games and activities!

Paper Airplane Race

Use copy paper to fold paper airplanes. Compete to see who can fly their plane the farthest, or give the best air show of loops and twists. You can use tape, paperclips, or other supplies to make your planes more complex. Or, you can use markers and stickers to make them more beautiful!

Plastic Bowling

Use a tennis ball and empty pop bottles to turn your living room or hallway into a bowling alley. You could even decorate one of the pins with markers and give it away as a prize like at a real bowling tournament. Or, when you are finished playing, you could visit the bottle and can return and give the money to the winner!

Wax Paper Skating

Wrap wax paper around the children’s feet and secure with tape or rubber bands. On a hard surface floor, like in the kitchen, tape off a clear area for the “ice rink.” Each child takes turns as figure skater or judge, and performs to music of their choice or scores 1-10, just like at the Olympics.

Animal Charades

Silently act out an animal while others guess. Depending on the ages playing, you can write the animals down or use small pictures. Each player takes turn drawing an animal from the hat and acting it out. For variation, you can use animal sounds instead of silent actions.

Pen and Paper Games

Simple pen and paper games like tic tac toe, hangman, dots and boxes are easy to put together. A homemade version of Scattergories (sometimes called Categories or Alphabet) is simple enough. Take turns picking the category (movies, animals, names, etc.) and write down a word for each letter of the alphabet. Points are given for unique answers. Pictionary takes charades and puts it down on paper (or dry erase board). Connect four can easily be played with paper and pen simply draw a 10×10 grid and take turns drawing Xs and Os. Up to you if you want gravity to apply like in the store-bought version!

Clean Like a Modtech

Grab a toy vacuum or a corn popper push toy and pretend to clean the carpet, just like a Modtech! Have your kids start at one end of the room and work toward the other end, “cleaning” the entire carpet as they go. You can show them or let them figure out the most efficient ways to cover every square inch with their cleaning instrument of choice (of course, it helps if they’ve seen a professional Modcleaning in action!). You can make it a game: whoever finishes their entire room first gets the prize!

Hopefully, with these games in mind, you can find hours of fun with the kids in your home. These games and activities may be old fashioned, but they never go out of style.

Even during the coldest winter weather, Modernistic has been keeping Michigan homes clean and ready to play in since 1973! Call or click today to have an expert Modtech take care of your indoor activity area.


How Hollywood Got Air Ducts All Wrong

Posted Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

I can’t watch spy movies anymore. They’re too unrealistic; and it’s not the explosions, nor the convenient gadgets, nor the protagonist surviving a hail of bullets that un-suspend my disbelief. There’s always that particular scene in almost every espionage movie ever made. That. One. Scene.

The Trope

You know the one: The dashing hero is trapped in a small room by the devious bad guy. Calling upon their ingenuity, our hero removes the air vent cover and crawls into the building’s ventilation system. They slide effortlessly through the comfortably large, completely spotless passageways, with nary a speck of dust or 90-degree bend to be found. They rescue the girl (or guy!) on their way out and save the day, all thanks to those secret, unguarded corridors! Spare me.

What’s wrong with this common movie trope? Air ducts! I’ve seen the insides of too many ventilation ducts to take these movies seriously. These are, of course, Hollywood air ducts: never dirty, completely straight, and always the perfect size to fit our protagonist. The ventilation shaft escape is a staple of modern movies, but how would it work in the real world?

The Reality

In this non-James Bond world that you and I occupy, air ducts aren’t nearly as exciting and certainly can’t function as an emergency escape route. Since their main function is circulating air, most ventilation ductwork isn’t usually very large at all. Even in the largest buildings, a small child would have difficulty crawling around in there.  All apologies to Mr. Bond, but a muscle-bound secret agent simply isn’t going to fit – not easily, anyway.

Let’s talk about the conspicuous lack of dirt – another Hollywood inaccuracy. When 007 makes his dramatic exit (because you know it has to be dramatic!), his tuxedo and/or spy outfit is as clean as when he went in. Unrealistic? You bet! Do me a favor – go to the nearest air register and remove the cover. What’s it look like in there? Shine a flashlight if you need to. Would you want to crawl around in something like that?

In real life, this is what neglected air ducts look like on the inside:

Unless you’ve had a Modernistic air duct cleaning, the dirt and dust and debris would be terrible for your clothes, hair, etc. Not good for your suave, secret agent image! The damsel in distress would laugh you right out of her holding cell.

Life Imitates Art

Of course, these obstacles aren’t enough for some people. Movies are real life! Anything Bond can do I can do better! There have been more than a few attempts by wannabe 007s to use the air vents to sneak into high-level institutions (such as pizzerias and laundromats). As you can imagine, these incredibly amateur spies got dirty, got stuck, and got thrown in jail for their trouble.

That’s not to say the air vent escape has never worked! The exception that proves the rule is the infamous 1962 Alcatraz escape. In a caper that involved papier-mâché heads, secret corridors, a makeshift raft, and some chiseled-out air vents, 3 inmates pulled off the only successful escape from America’s most notorious island prison. To this day, the 3 fugitives remain at large; all thanks to ductwork! PLEASE NOTE: if you are currently reading this from prison, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. The people who planned your building already know about air vents and have taken steps to prevent you from doing this exact thing. DON’T DO IT!

Conclusion

Hollywood got it wrong. Again. Air ducts aren’t a viable escape/infiltration route anywhere, for a variety of reasons. At the very least, movies with scenes that feature crawling around in dirty air ducts should come with a warning: Don’t try this at home.

Modernistic has been keeping Michigan air ducts spotless since 1973! If you want to breathe easy, contact us today!


Simple & Quick Ways To Treat The Most Common Carpet Stains

Posted Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

Life happens! No matter the preventative measure put in place, stains can happen too. We know you don’t always have the time to schedule a professional cleaning to deal with unexpected spots, so we decided to put together a simple guide to help you deal with the most common carpet stains. With this guide you can manage these stains until you get a chance to schedule a cleaning with a professional carpet cleaner.

Important Note: This is only a guide! There is no guaranteed DIY method to remove all carpet stains, since there are many other variables that determine whether or not it will come out. You should always consult a professional before attempting to treat any stain at home!

Red Wine or Coffee

With a red wine spill or a coffee spill, you will want to address the mess sooner rather than later. The longer it sits the harder it will be to remove the stain! You will want to first blot up the excess liquid. Use either white terry cloth towels or paper towels.

Now this is very important: Blot, don’t rub! The action of blotting picks up excess liquid, so it will not saturate the carpet fibers or pad further. If you rub the area, the liquid will spread and get worked into the fibers, and the stain will be much harder to remove.

Once you have blotted up the excess liquid you will want to get at least 2 fresh clean towels to work with and mix a bowl of cleaning solution. The cleaning solution will be 1 part sugar free club soda and 1 part cold water, mix it well!

Dab the solution onto the stained area to saturate the stained area with the cleaning solution. Then, using the dry towel, you will blot the stained area to lift up the cleaning solution. Repeat this process until you begin to see color on the towels you are blotting with. That means the stain is lifting off or the carpet.

Continue the process of dabbing on the cleaning solution and blotting it up with a clean dry towel until you begin to see the color of the stain fade. It may take some time to see the color transfer, but do not give up! And remember, do not rub or the stain will get worse!

Muddy Footprints

When dealing with muddy footprints on carpet you will have to do something that feels very unnatural….you will have to walk away and leave them alone to fully dry. Trying to clean the stained area before allowing the dirt to dry up and removing it will only exacerbate the problem.

So, it may feel weird, it may be uncomfortable, it may go against all of your instincts to do so, but you will leave the muddy footprints alone until they fully dry.

Once the footprints have dried try to remove as many large clumps of dirt as possible. Just pick them up with your hands and throw them out. Once you have removed all the larger chunks use the vacuum to pick up the rest of the dried dirt.

With all the dry dirt and soil removed you will have a much clearer view of the stains you are dealing with. Grab a good amount of towels, either white terry cloth or paper, and mix your cleaning solution of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part cold water.

Saturate one towel with this solution and dab it onto the footprint stain, then, using a dry towel, try to blot up the cleaning solution you applied. Continue this process of dabbing on the solution and blotting it up until you begin to see the dirt lift from the carpet fibers onto the towel you are blotting with. You may have to repeat this several times per footprint for the dirt to begin to lift. Remember: Do not rub! Only blot!

Blood

With any type of blood spot you will want to treat the stain ASAP to reduce the chance of the stain. Dab up as much material as you can. Then make a mixture of sugar free club soda and cold water.

The water must not be hot or warm, since blood coagulates if it warms and will stick to the fibers even more than before. Cold water is necessary to loosen the material and the stain is much more likely to release if you use cold water.

As with the previous stains, you will dab on the cleaning mixture with one towel, then blot it up with another clean and dry towel. Repeat this process until the blood spot begins to lift from the carpet and onto the towel. Remember to take your time and to blot, not rub!!

Pet Stains

With pet stains odor is usually a factor. The best solution for dealing with pet stains is a 1 parts vinegar to 3 part water solution because the vinegar helps reduce any odors. It also helps release color, which is usually present in pet stains.

Just like with the other stains above, you will first want to remove by hand or blot up as much material as possible. Once as much loose material as possible is removed begin to dab the cleaning solution onto the area to saturate the affected fibers, then use a clean and dry towel to blot up the solution.

Repeat this process until the color begins to transfer from the carpet to the towel. As you repeat the process the strength of the odor should be reducing as well. Continue until the color has lifted.

Now, there are still some spots or stains that will require a professional cleaning to truly remove, but these solutions will help you out in between Modernistic appointments. Maintaining your carpet with regular professional cleanings can really help protect your investment. If you have a household that has a lot of foot traffic, children, or pets you may want to ask your Modtechs about 3M Scotchgard protection.

3m Scotchgard creates a protective layer between your carpet and the world that is trying to stain it! When you have 3M Scotchgard applied, liquids will bead up on the surface of the fibers of your carpet and you’ll have time to blot up a spill before it saturates the carpet. Even if a stain does manage to work its way into the fibers, carpet with 3M Scotchgard protection has a higher likelihood of releasing stains during your next cleaning.

Now there are still some spots or stains that will require a truck-mounted hot water extraction system to truly remove, but these Simple & Quick ways to treat the most common carpet stains will help you out in between Modernistic cleanings!

Modernistic has been cleaning up stains throughout Michigan since 1973, and you can trust we’ll get the job done right! Call or click today for help with your most stubborn carpet spots.


The 5 Stages of (Flood) Grief

Posted Saturday, January 19th, 2019

You would think that the biggest worry you’d have when water damages your home is just getting it out. This is just the most immediate and obvious concern anytime you’re dealing with severe water damage from a flood. In most situations, it’s not just the basement, the family room, or the damaged ceiling that will cause you the most grief.

Sometimes the most difficult things to get under control are the things you can’t see that will cause the most long-lasting damage – and I’m not talking about mold.

In the past, we’ve talked a lot about the effects of water damage on your home and belongings, and ways to handle and prepare for the physical damage caused in a flood. However, we’ve never touched on the emotional toll that having your home destroyed by water can take on you and your family.

The Emotional Toll

Weak foundations, pipe bursts, and sewer backups are all terrible emergencies that require immediate reaction and stress you out. But what about the long term effects of experiencing major flood damage to your home? Because it’s not just the damage to your home, but to the people inside.

The emotional and mental effect that a flood can have on you with the loss to both your home and your belongings can often be overlooked until you’ve experienced it first hand. Losing valuable possessions, photos, or collections that you’ve established a long emotional attachment to can be heartbreaking and coping can be immensely difficult. Sometimes the combined hardship from a severe flood can burden victims of flooding with PTSD-like reactions. This is why having a solid prevention plan and recovery team in place can be a huge factor in minimizing property AND emotional damage.

Flooded With Grief

It may sound silly at first, but much of what a flood victim experiences closely follows the 5 stages of grief:

Denial – Anyone who has the displeasure of dealing with any water damage initially wants it to just be a quick mop or suck up. Coming to terms with the fact that you may have an expensive and extensive emergency situation is the one thing you do not want to be true. You may think that the water will just drain away and everything will be fine. Sometimes, this very well may be the case; not all floods are created equal! But with more serious water damage situations, you definitely don’t want to be wrong – better safe than sorry!

Anger – The moment you’ve been smacked with the reality that this is a REAL situation that could be a large financial and emotional burden, then the anger can set in. You might be angry at your house, at the weather, at your plumber, at a family member… or even god forbid at a member of the emergency restoration team sent to help (don’t worry, we understand).

Bargaining – Once the anger has subsided, you may turn to prayer or desperately trying to imagine a way out of the situation without actually dealing with the problem at hand so that you can just disconnect from it without actually tackling the hard task of properly dealing with the damage caused.

Depression – In the fourth stage of grief, you’ve already exhausted so much energy on the initial shock of the situation that you can often fall into a fog of apathy or feeling isolated and alone. Losing cherished family items in storage or living areas where the family gathered and shared memories can be tough. Which is completely natural, especially seeing as many times you may be the only one you know going through this personal tragedy. It can be lonely and it is important to know that this is natural and okay to feel.

Acceptance – You know you’ve made it when you find yourself in a place where you’re able to begin tackling this recovery effort with the focus and even reluctant enthusiasm needed. It’s hard to deal with the loss of things that have been a part of your life for years, even if you have a plan for how to deal with an emergency. Once you do accept the situation you’re in and can put one foot in front of the other and start taking care of business, you’re on your way to restoring not just your home, but yourself as well.

Minimize Vulnerability With A Plan

While having a proper prevention plan in place may not prevent a flood from happening, it can help to quicken the recovery process lifting the burden placed on your mental health and your property. We’ve outlined in previous posts some steps you can take to be as prepared as you can when disaster strikes, and the best thing you can do for yourself and your home is to call the Modernistic Restoration Team. We have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to make your recovery Simple & Quick, giving you peace of mind in a difficult time. Trust the water damage experts!

Modernistic has been helping Michigan homeowners with water damage since 1973, and our certified mitigation crews will be there whenever you need us! Save our 24/7 Emergency Number so you’re prepared in the event of a home flood!


How to Keep Your Cat From Scratching Your Furniture

Posted Friday, January 11th, 2019

how to keep your cat from scratching your furnitureMany Modernistic team members and customers share their homes with beloved pets. We love their companionship, but sometimes they do things we can’t stand! For a variety of reasons, cats love to scratch, but how can we keep them off of our furniture?

Does your cat get enough exercise, entertainment, playtime, attention? Cats have a pretty small world they live in everyday. Without your attention, plenty of toys, and scratching surfaces, they will look for other way to get their energy out.

Are you taking care of your cat’s nails? In the wild, cats would be climbing trees, walking on the rough ground, and scratching many surfaces that would help keep their nails trim and in good shape. Living in a cozy human home means they don’t have these natural opportunities to scratch, meaning they will be looking for your best tree and ground like surfaces.

Do you have surfaces specifically meant for your cat to scratch? Cats have a primal instinct to scratch, so you won’t be able to stop them. You can, however, make sure they are scratching appropriate “cat” objects.

Your furniture is usually out in the open, what about the cat posts? Cats like to leave their visual and scent markers in a spot where everyone can see and smell them – What use is marking your territory if no one notices? Putting a scratching post in a back corner is a good way to hide it out of sight of company, but it is also making it less attractive to your cat.

So, what steps can you take to stop a cat from scratching your furniture? Make sure you provide a variety of scratching substitutes, such as cardboard, rope-wrapped posts, and carpet. Don’t hide the scratchers away, put them right out in the open. Place a new scratching post right by the piece of furniture your cat likes to scratch. Give treats for scratching the new post. If your cat responds well of catnip, add some to the new post. There are deterrent sprays and sticky pads you can add to your furniture. Keep in mind, if you only add the deterrent, but don’t have enough appropriate scratching objects, your cat will keep scratching your furniture.

Spend some quality time playing with your cat, trim her nails, and she should be content scratching the new scratching objects. If, after all this, your cat is still more interested in your furniture than her posts, speak with your vet for professional advice.

Since 1973, Modernistic has been cleaning up after Michigan’s pets on carpet, upholstery, tile and grout, and hardwood! Call or click today to see how we can help you with your pet messes.


How Mold Can Damage A House

Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Of all the four-letter words out there, the one that will probably cause you the most pain and anguish is “mold”. We already know how disgusting it is and where it comes from, but how can a tiny spore like mold damage a house? Like, physically?  

At Modernistic, we’ve repaired thousands of homes from mold damage (called “mold remediation”), and we’ve seen first-hand the destruction that mold wreak inside a home. Here are some of the most common types of mold damage we encounter on a daily basis.

How Mold Can Damage A House

Drywall – Since drywall is organic and porous, a mold infestation will permeate throughout the material very quickly. It’s possible to salvage drywall if the growth is caught quickly enough, but after about a day it’s usually best to remove and replace mold-affected sections.

Carpet – Mold will grow best where it can get lots of moisture. With carpet, water will soak down into the padding beneath the jute backing. While you can certainly feel water-saturated padding when you step on it, the carpet itself doesn’t let you see what might be growing beneath. That’s why a professional mitigation crew will peel back your carpet and dry out the padding as soon as possible – that’s where potentially hazardous mold is most likely to be!  

Hardwood – Wood is another material that very susceptible to mold damage: joists, hardwood flooring, furniture, etc. Since wood is organic, it provides all the food mold loves to feed on. Depending on the location and severity of the infestation, often the safest option is to remove and replace affected wood materials.

HVAC System– Since you can’t see what’s inside of your ductwork, it’s easy to forget about all the dust and debris that build up; after all, out of sight, out of mind! But the dust and debris are a fantastic food source for mold spores, and with enough moisture and oxygen, they can start growing without you even knowing. Once that happens and your furnace or central air kicks on, mold spores will circulate through your entire home, affecting more than just the inside of your HVAC system! Properly cleaning and disinfecting your entire ductwork system from mold growth requires specialized equipment designed to reach all affected areas, so it’s best to trust an air duct cleaning professional with any mold growth in the HVAC system.

Indoor Air – Even if it’s not in your air ducts, mold growing anywhere in your home will affect your indoor air quality. In order to reproduce, mold gives off microscopic mold spores – you can’t see them, but they’re always floating around in the air. Depending on the strain of mold and the severity of the infestation, certain types of spores can cause harmful side effects. These can range from mild allergies to full-blown respiratory illnesses.

These are just a few of the ways we’ve seen how mold can damage a house. If you ever suspect mold may be growing in your home, the absolute best thing you can do is deal with it right away. Call a professional mold remediation company before any of the above happens! If you catch it right away, “mold” will be the only four letter word you’ll have to use!

Modernistic has been restoring Michigan homes from disasters since 1973! If you are dealing with a mold problem, trust the experts and contact us today.


Simple Holiday Desserts Your Kids Can Make

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2018

desserts your kids can make

Kids always have room for dessert, right? Too full for broccoli but never too full for dessert! Don’t put yourself out making fancy and complicated sweets for your kids; make them do it! If they want the sweet stuff, they will be more than willing to help in the kitchen. At least will be when dessert is on the line! These are tried and true treats that kids love to eat and, with some practice, love to make.

As always, we recommend full adult supervision anytime kids are in the kitchen – cooking or otherwise!

Sugar Cookies for Santa

Baking is fun, but decorating is even more fun! Have your little one pick out fun and seasonal cookie cutter shapes and decide on the frosting colors.

For cookies:

  • ¾ Cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For frosting:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2/3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder. In a different larger bowl mix the butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla and then gradually stir in the bowl of dry ingredients. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and place onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 8-10 min or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet to cool before removing and icing.

While the cookies bake combine the powdered sugar, corn syrup, and milk in a bowl and whisk until smooth. If it is a little too runny add more sugar, if it is a little too thick add more milk.  If you are planning on doing different colors, separate the icing into different smaller bowls and whisk in the food coloring. A little food coloring goes a long way so only add 1-2 drops if you want lighter colors. Once your cookies are fully cool you can get to decorating! Don’t hold back either: get out the sprinkles and colored sugar and really go crazy on these cookies for Santa!

Extra Fluffy Rice Krispie Treats

Fluffy marshmallows and crispy rice make a perfect combination. Rice Krispies are a classic treat that will put a smile on anyone’s face. This recipe uses the microwave instead of the stovetop, so it is a perfect starter recipe for smaller children who don’t have a lot of experience in the kitchen.

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package mini marshmallows
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal

First things first get out a 13×9 pan and coat with cooking spray. Set this aside. Get out a medium microwave-safe bowl and pass to your kid so they can dump in the butter and most of the marshmallows. Set the remaining marshmallows aside. Cook on HIGH for 2 minutes, then stir. Cook for 1 more minute and then stir until smooth. Add in rice crispy cereal and stir until well coated with the marshmallow and butter mixture. Now add in the marshmallows you set aside earlier and stir them in. This is what makes these treats extra fluffy! Use a spatula coated in cooking spray to press mixture into prepared pan. Try to spread it evenly so your treats will all be the same thickness. Let them cool and then cut into squares. Ready to eat!

Oreo Balls

Kid love this recipe because you get to smash a lot of Oreos, turn them into balls, and dip things in chocolate. No baking involved!

  • 40 Oreo Cookies
  • 1 8 oz Package of Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups of Semi Sweet Chocolate chips

First place your 40 Oreos in a big ziplock bag and pass that on to your kids to crush. They can use their hands, but the back of a small saucepan or a kitchen spoon may be easier for little hands. While they are making Oreo crumbs, pull out the cream cheese and let it soften up a little. Once the Oreos are thoroughly crumbled mix the crumbs with the softened cream cheese in a large bowl. Your child will probably want to stir, so just make sure the ingredients are fully blended or they will not stick together as easily. Once blended start shaping the mixture into 1 inch balls. Place them on a wax lined baking sheet. Once all your balls are made freeze them for 10 minutes.

While your Oreo balls are freezing melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. No double boiler you say?? Just fill a small saucepan halfway with water and place a metal bowl filled with the chocolate chips on top. The heat from the boiling water will melt the chocolate chips. Don’t walk away and keep stirring because they melt fast! When the chocolate has melted, set it aside and get the Oreo balls from the freezer.

One by one dip the Oreo balls into chocolate and place back onto the baking sheet. Keep some towels on hand cause this is going to get fun and messy. Once you have coated them all in chocolate keep them in the fridge for about 1 hour or until firm. Then they are ready to gobble up and enjoy!

Dirt and Worms

I don’t know of anyone, no matter their age, who doesn’t enjoy eating dirt and worms. This dessert is almost as much fun to make as it is to eat.

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 package of gummy worms
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 12 chocolate cream filled cookies

Get out a 9×13 baking dish, set aside. Put the cookies into a ziplock bag and crush into crumbs using a rolling pin. Set aside. In a separate bowl whisk the pudding mix and milk together following the pudding instructions. Sprinkle about the 1/3 of the crushed cookies into the bottom of the pan and a handful of gummy worms. Pour the rest of the chocolate pudding over these crumbs and then spoon the rest of the crumbs on top of the pudding so it looks like dirt. Poke the rest of the gummy worms


Hear It From Our Customers!

Posted Friday, December 7th, 2018

Customer FeedbackThroughout the past 45 years at Modernistic, two things have never changed: Our love for each and every customer, and our customers’ love for Modernistic. Part of the reason we’ve been around as long as we have (since 1973!) is because of the amazing customer feedback we get regularly.
Customer feedback has been the backbone of our business for years. Because making sure our customers are happy doesn’t just make us feel fuzzy inside, it helps us inform our business and the kind of service you expect and deserve. In fact, we love our customer feedback and testimonials so much, that we are dedicating this entire post to that group of loyal, vocal customers!

We Are There For Your Pet-uations

Modernistic loves pets, and we know you do too. Unfortunately, as any pet owner knows, sometimes that love comes at the cost of our carpet and upholstery. Luckily, we have a long history of keeping all of your furry friends out of the doghouse with our pet-friendly Simple & Quick carpet cleaning:

When You’re Knee Deep in Water

One of the most frightening things a homeowner can experience is water damage. Any time a pipe breaks, heavy rains leak into your home, or an appliance fails in your home, you can feel completely helpless. A mark of pride for Modernistic is how quickly and efficiently we can restore your home after water damage occurs. Don’t take it from us, take it from someone we’ve helped turn a sewage situation from dire to delighted:

From Scheduling To Ringing The Doorbell

The entire customer experience – from browsing our site, asking questions, scheduling your appointment, to the actual cleaning – is something we are always improving and fine-tuning. If you can schedule your cleaning Simple & Quick from our website and then be treated to A+ service from our technicians, then we’ve done our job:

Tell Us Your Story

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The Best Way To Protect Carpet From Stains

Posted Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

best way to protect carpet from stains and spillsI’m going to make a bold, controversial statement:

At Modernistic, we like clean carpet.

That’s right, I said it. Go ahead and take a moment to absorb that declaration… Good. Now that it’s had some time to sink in, let me explain.

We don’t clean carpet because of the fabulous riches that come with being a cleaning company. We clean carpet (and upholstery, and air ducts, and tile) because it’s the best way we know how to bring delight to our customers. Having a clean home makes people happy, and keeping a clean home helps keep people happy for longer. You know what doesn’t make people happy? Spots and stains. Especially spots and stains that appear on carpet and upholstery that previously didn’t have spots and stains!

Since we’ve been in the business of keeping our customers happy since 1973, we’ve learned that the best way to protect carpet from stains is applying 3M Scotchgard protection after every professional cleaning.

What Does 3M Scotchgard Do?

3M Scotchgard protection creates a barrier on your carpet and upholstery, helping prevent liquid and soil from absorbing into the fibers. It’s an odorless, invisible application that makes spills and dirt bead up at the surface of your fabric, making it simple and quick to clean up messes.

What Does 3M Scotchgard Smell Like?

Absolutely nothing! Scotchgard is designed to be odorless, so nothing gets in the way of that “freshly-cleaned” smell.

Ok, Then What Does It Feel Like?

Again, absolutely nothing. 3M Scotchgard won’t affect the texture of your carpet or upholstery in any way (save being slightly damp when first applied). Once it dries along with your freshly-cleaned carpet, you won’t even know it’s there – until you spill something on it!

So How Do I Know It’s Working?

3M Scotchgard will make liquid bead up on the surface of the fibers, giving you more time to clean up after a spill. Also, vacuuming will remove much more dirt and soil than before, making your regular cleaning chore much easier!

How Long Does It Last?

How long 3M Scotchgard will last on your carpet or upholstery depends on a few factors – like foot traffic, usage, and cleaning schedule – but a good rule of thumb is that you should get it cleaned and reapplied every 6 months for optimal protection.

The best thing about 3M Scotchgard is what it does for the longevity of your carpet. When you compare the cost of applying protectant vs the cost of replacing your carpeting sooner than you have to.. Well, let’s just say you’re saving PLENTY of money going with Scotchgard! So the next time you get your carpets or upholstery professionally cleaned, make sure you ask about the best way to protect carpet from stains – 3M Scotchgard!

Modernistic has been protecting Michigan carpets since 1973. If you’d like to learn more about how you can protect your home, click or call today!