Who Told You To Clean Your Tile Like That?

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Have you ever just zoned out in a blank stare down with a couple of dirty tiles while you shower in the morning? Going over every cleaning method you’ve tried in your head that has brought you and your tile to this arrestingly defeated moment.

There are a lot of ways to clean the tile in your home, some good and some not so good. It seems like everyone has a different recommended “best way” to clean your tile, so it won’t be much of a surprise that we do too! Luckily, we’ve been in the business of cleaning tile and grout for over 45 years, and we’re happy to share our expertise with you.

Common Tile Cleaning Mistakes

If you aren’t careful, things could go very wrong when attempting to make your tile glisten again. There are so many different products on the market claiming to be the cure all for all of your tile cleaning needs, making it difficult to pick the correct one. Not to mention that there are a surprising amount of variables involved when deciding what methods and products to use on your tile.

Do you have ceramic tile or natural stone? Is it sealed or unsealed? Are you more concerned with the grout lines? Are you or your family allergic to certain chemicals… on and on and on.

Knowing what you are cleaning and how the method of cleaning will react to your type of tile can be an enormous factor when trying to effectively get your tile looking great again.

Please note that we always recommend consulting a professional about the best way to clean your tile and grout. Better safe than sorry!

Natural Stone

If you are dealing with natural stone or slate, then you will want to make sure to use something very mild. With natural stone tiles, you will want to make sure not to use any harsh chemicals. To be completely honest, you are safest simply using hot water with very light agitation and nothing too abrasive.

Ceramic Tile

My friend, you are in luck! If you are trying to clean your ceramic or porcelain tile, then you have so many more options available to you. That being said, this can also be a problem though. There are a lot of great cleaning products on the market for you to bring back the shine to your tile. You can use anything from soapy water, vinegar, oxygenated bleach (OxiClean), citrus cleaners and more. Now, not all of them will be the best product for you to use in your given situation, but you’ve got options.

Ceramic tiles are going to be some of the more durable cleaning surfaces allowing you to use a wider variety of cleaning options without damaging or losing their shine. One of the safest options we recommend when trying to tackle something on your own would be a simple cleaning using vinegar on your tile with regular scrubbing, but nothing too aggressive. This mild cleaning method will handle most jobs, and regular maintenance of your tile.

Cleaning Products to Use

Now when dealing with more difficult buildup on your tile, you may want to turn to some more potent solutions. Products like bleach, while very effective at disinfecting and removing a lot of grime, can be toxic and noxious to you and your family. When you have some really tough cleaning situations try an oxygenated bleach product instead of a standard bleach. They will be much more friendly and environmentally safe when dissolved with water.

One thing to be cautious of though, is using a cleaner like OxiClean AFTER using vinegar to clean your tile. Hydrogen peroxide is found in many of these oxygenated bleach products, and when combined with vinegar can create a dangerous reaction forming peracetic acid. This is VERY VERY BAD.

Always rinse your tile clean of other products before using one of these strong products.

Play It Safe!

You could try any of these options to clean your tile after figuring out what is best for your situation, or you can make it super easy and just call Modernistic. Our team has been at this longer than the lifespan of some tile floors. We have an array of cleaning products and methods in our arsenal ready to take care of whatever situation you may have. Don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment today so you don’t have to deal with it all by yourself!

The tile and grout pros at Modernistic have been helping Michigan homeowners with their tile cleaning needs for over 45 years! Call or click today if you have tile and grout cleaning questions. Make it Simple & Quick!


How To Get Slime Out Of Carpet – The Simple & Quick Way

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

how to get slime out of carpet the simple & quick way

I dropped slime on my carpet – and my kid saw the whole thing.

It happened right in the middle of our living room. We were making homemade slime, everybody’s favorite non-Newtonian fluid, and right after I asked my son to avoid making a mess, I knocked the bowl off the table and directly onto the living room floor.

Egg on my face and slime in my carpet!

Naturally, my kid thought this was poetic justice incarnate – and the funniest thing he’s ever seen. As he was laughing, however, I was dialing the phone. I had a very pressing need to find out how to get slime out of carpet, and I knew exactly who could help.

You see, I happen to work for the best carpet cleaning company in Michigan, and I happen to know the foremost authority on carpet spots and stains: Tom!   

Tom’s (Not So Secret) Formula

Over the phone, our resident carpet chemistry expert Tom put all 30+ years of his exhaustive cleaning knowledge to use and told me exactly how to get slime out of carpet with some simple household cleaning products:

What You Need:

  • Plastic putty knife (or old credit card)
  • Household vacuum cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • All-natural citrus cleaner
  • Hot water
  • Spray bottle
  • Clean white towels (or paper towels)

Steps to Remove Slime From Carpet

1. Scrape off as much slime as possible
Using a putty knife (or, in a pinch, an old credit card works great too), scrape up as much of the slime from the carpet. There will most likely be lots of it left in the fibers

2. Vacuum the area
Get your vacuum out and vacuum up as much of the surrounding area as possible.

3. Mix up your white vinegar solution
In a spray bottle, combine 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water.

4. Apply white vinegar solution to slime
Spray your white vinegar solution on the slime and allow it to soak into the carpet fibers.

5. Blot
Using clean white towels or paper towels, blot (don’t rub!) the slime until it’s completely removed from the carpet. Repeat steps 4 and 5 if necessary!

6. Apply citrus cleaner
If there’s a stain left after all the slime is removed, apply your citrus cleaner and allow it to soak into the area.

7. Rinse
Rinse the spot with a small amount of hot water, but don’t saturate the carpet!

8. More blotting
With your clean white/paper towels, blot until the stain is gone and the area is dry. Again, repeat the last two steps if necessary!

9. Call Modernistic!
If following the above steps fail to remove the slime stain, then it’s time to call in the experts who know exactly how to get slime out of carpet with state-of-the-art equipment – you’ve done all you can do by yourself, now let the professionals take care of your carpet problem. We’ve dealt with all kinds of carpet stains, and our 100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantee means you can be confident you’re getting the best possible carpet cleaning.

I’ll admit, slime is super fun. After we took care of the slimed carpet (I had my son do the blotting), we mixed up a new batch and stretched, poked, squeezed, and prodded to our hearts’ content – in the kitchen this time, over some easy-to-clean tile.

Modernistic has been cleaning up the messes Michigan kids have made for the last 45+ years! Call or click today if you’ve had a slime (or any other type of carpet) catastrophe.   


How To Get The Most Out Of Your Carpet Cleaning

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

get the most out of your carpet cleaningYou’ve just gotten off the phone or website after scheduling a professional carpet cleaning company to come out and clean your home. Maybe they’re coming out to work on a few specific stains you’re worried about. Maybe they’re coming to clean your entire home as part of your spring cleaning plan. Either way here are a few tips to get the most out of your carpet cleaning.

Prior to the cleaning crew arriving, there are a few things you can do for your home. Carpet cleaning companies should move any furniture like tables and chairs to clean underneath so moving any breakable items, such as lamps or picture frames, to other rooms can help the technicians safely move your furniture around.

If you have any pets in your home that shed a lot, vacuuming prior to the carpet tech’s arrival can help remove the surface layer, allowing the cleaners to get the hair that is more deeply woven into the fibers. The same applies if they’re coming to clean your upholstery that your pet sits on.

If you are concerned about any particular areas, make sure to let the technicians know when they arrive to your home. What was spilled, when it happened, and what you did to try to get the stain up are all important factors in what methods and products they use to clean those areas. Any information you have will help them choose the right way to get your carpet looking new again.

Getting on a semi-annual or annual maintenance schedule is a great way to really maximize the life of your carpeting. Regular cleanings can remove the buildup of dirt that gathers before it causes wear and damage to the carpet fibers themselves. Have the technicians apply 3M Scotchgard protectant after the cleaning. It acts as a barrier for your carpeting, making it harder for stains and dirt to permanently set in.

Modernistic has been helping our customers get the most out of our services for over 45 years! Click or Call to see how we can help your home stay its cleanest!


Cracking the Code: Upholstery Cleaning Codes and What They Mean

Posted Friday, September 21st, 2018

upholstery cleaning codes and what they meanEverybody knows their carpet and tile floors need regular cleaning, but sometimes we can forget about where many of us spend so much time when we’re home: our furniture. The couches, chairs, and other upholstered items in our home get used every day, but they’re not as easy to clean as vacuuming the carpet in the living room or sweeping the kitchen tile. While there are handheld vacuums and attachments to get the surface dirt off the furniture, but just like carpet, upholstery needs regular professional cleanings too.

Here’s the thing: different upholstery fabrics need different types of cleaning! Virtually all carpeting can be professionally wet cleaned, but the same rule does not apply for furniture. Some upholstery can only be cleaned with a dry solvent, and other pieces are only recommended to use a vacuum and/or a light brushing. So how can you figure out how to clean upholstery the correct way? Upholstery cleaning codes! Almost all pieces of furniture will have upholstery tags (usually located on the underside) that will tell you specifically what cleaning method the manufacturer recommends. However, they are listed as codes that aren’t always the easiest to read. So, what do the codes mean?

W – Wet Clean

There are three common codes found on furniture made in the U.S. The first is W. This code means your furniture can be cleaned with water-based cleaning solutions, like a professional truck mounted extraction system. This type of cleaning delivers the best results, especially for stains.

S – Solvent Clean

The second of the three common codes is S. This stands for solvent cleaning. Solvent cleaning is a dry-cleaning method and can remove surface dirt but isn’t quite as successful at removing food or drink stains.

X – Vacuum Only!

The last of the three common cleaning codes is X. This means the material or filling of the upholstery is sensitive enough that it is recommended to be vacuumed only. Wet and dry-cleaning methods might damage, discolor, or shrink the furniture.

So, what do you do if your furniture doesn’t have any upholstery cleaning codes? If you know where you purchased the furniture, you can call the manufacturer and ask them directly. If that’s not an option, you can always have a professional upholstery cleaning company come out and determine the safest and most effective way to clean your upholstery.

Modernistic has been checking upholstery cleaning codes and providing the best furniture cleaning service in Michigan for over 45 years! If you have questions about how to best clean your furniture, click or call to learn from the experts! 


Create Your Own Homemade Cat Toys

Posted Friday, September 14th, 2018

We’ve all done it. We found that perfect toy in the pet store that we just KNOW our cat would love to play with. But, when we get it home, our furry feline friend ignores the awesome toy and ends up playing with the box it came in instead. How’s that for gratitude! If you’ve ever thought to yourself “Well I’m not wasting any more money on store-bought, I’m going to make my own homemade cat toys!”, then read on dear reader!

Homemade cat toys can be a fun way to personalize your space. You can create toys and furniture for your cat that actually coordinate with your home’s style and color pallet. Plus, you know your cat better than any pet store. Whether your cat likes climbing up high, batting around pieces of trash, or is into the hard stuff (catnip), you can create something personalized your cat will love.

Pompoms

Making pompoms is easy and fun! Buy some yarn in colors that you like, and make a bunch of little puffy balls. You can toss them on the floor for free play or tie them onto a dowel to make a wand toy. Pompoms on a string are great to attach to cat furniture to make them more engaging for your cat.

Sock Toys

Have an unmatched sock after doing laundry? You can turn it into a cat toy! Fill it up with catnip, tie off or sew up the ends, and yours cats will thank you for it! Even just tying an old sock in the middle makes for a simple and fun cat toy she will love to scratch and bite at.

Cardboard Scratcher

Instead of throwing out or recycling old cardboard, you can make a cat scratcher out of it! Cut strips of cardboard and use glue to make a rectangle, or wrap them up into a disc shape. The little holes in corrugated cardboard are great for holding cat nip. To jazz it up, wrap the edge with some wrapping paper or other decorative paper that will look nice

Cat Ladder

You can use a step stool or full size ladder to make a lounging spot for your cat. Use carpeting to make soft and scratchable surfaces. Use an old t-shirt or fleece in the pattern of your choice to create a hammock. Paint the wood to match your interior design. Wrap some of the wooden legs with rope for your cat to scratch. And, you might like to add some fun pompoms on strings for your cat to play with.

Keeping your cat engaged, giving her a place to feel comfortable, and designated scratching posts will help prevent your cat for scratching where she shouldn’t. Giving her a place up high to retreat can keep her from hiding. These cat toys and furniture will bring joy to your cat, and allow you to customize them to your home’s  decor. You will certainly save some money too!

We love our pets here at Modernistic, but we don’t have to love their odors and messes they leave behind. Trust the experts with over 45 years of experience removing pet spots and smells! Call or click today!


Get Your HVAC System Ready For Winter With 5 Simple & Quick Tips

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Simple & Quick ways to make your HVAC system more efficient this winter

Winter is coming! Our warm summer temperatures are dropping, and we can confidently say that fall is on the way here in Michigan. Ok, confidently might be a strong word; we all know what Michigan weather is like!

Nevertheless, it’s time to start thinking about our furnaces! We’ll be turning them on in short order (if you haven’t already), and it pays to have your HVAC system running as efficiently as possible. Here are 5 Simple & Quick ways to get your HVAC system ready for winter:

1: Have your HVAC system inspected

Before making any changes to your heating and cooling system, have a professional give your home a thorough HVAC inspection. That way, you can find out exactly what your system needs to perform its best. Personalized attention from a professional is always the best way to go, but chances are your home could benefit from the rest of these tips!

2: Change the air filter

One of the best things you can do for your ventilation system is changing the air filter every 3 months! Capturing and removing all the dust, allergens, and other tiny particles is a great way to keep that unwanted junk out of your ductwork and out of your home’s air. Depending on various factors, like whether or not you have pets or if you are susceptible to allergies, you may want to change your air filter even more frequently.  

3: Check the insulation in your attic

A great way to make sure the warm air circulating in your home actually stays in your home is to make sure your attic has proper insulation. If you haven’t checked it recently, head up there and see what’s going on.
An easy way to tell if you need more insulation is if you can see the ceiling joists. Proper coverage will obscure the joists, making sure you don’t lose any more heat than you have to this winter!

4: Install a programmable thermostat

If you don’t have one already, go out and buy a programmable thermostat! Also, learn how to use it! There are many times throughout the day where your furnace doesn’t need to put out as much heat, and a programmable thermostat will help give your system a “rest” and keep it heating your home efficiently.  

5: Clean the air ducts

Dirty or blocked air ducts will significantly drain your furnace efficiency! In order to heat your home effectively, warm air has to travel through many lengths of ductwork. If that ductwork is filled with soil, debris, dander, dust, and other conductive material, then guess what you’re paying extra for your furnace to heat up?
Clogged ductwork will eat up your warm air before it even reaches the rooms you want it to, which is why it’s imperative to make sure your ductwork is clean prior to turning on your furnace for the winter. A thorough air duct cleaning from a professional with a truck-mounted vacuum system will increase your furnace efficiency by as much as 20-25%!

These are some easy ways to get your HVAC system ready for winter that you can do in a weekend. Just a little bit of preparation now will help you save money on your heating bills and help your furnace run more efficiently; it’s Simple & Quick!

Modernistic has been helping Michigan homes get their HVAC systems ready for the last 45 winters and counting! Call or click if you need the most thorough air duct cleaning in Michigan to help your furnace this winter.   


Help Your Pets Beat The Heat with these Simple & Quick Summer Safety Tips

Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

help your pets beat the heat

This intense summer heat can be tough for any Michigander to beat. For our furry friends, however, it is way tougher. Unless you own a desert tortoise or a camel (or some other exotic hot weather-loving creature), your pet is susceptible to heat exhaustion with temps this high! As their owner and master and protector it is up to you to make sure your pet is not just safe, but comfortable in the warmer months. Let’s start with some basics to help your pets beat the heat this summer:

How Hot is Too Hot?

For cats and dogs, 80-85 degrees can be pushing it! Instead of exposing your pets to a lot of activity take it easy on hot days. Keep the walks close to home or just play in the backyard and save the longer park visits for a cooler day. Make sure your pets have access to shade and cool water whenever they need it at home. If your dog likes splashing around, consider having a kiddie pool just for your pup!

If you are going out for the day or even just a few hours leave the AC or a fan on to provide quick relief for your pet. Avoid walking your dogs midday when temps are at their highest; stick early mornings or evenings. Hot pavement can hurt and even burn paws! If you have a cat try to keep them more indoors midday and let them roam once the temperatures drop.

As a rule of thumb, never ever leave your dog or cat in a parked car on a hot day! The temperatures in cars can skyrocket on a hot day (yes, even with the AC on!). Even if it feels ok to you don’t take the risk with your furry friend.

Know the Signs!

Your ability to recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion in pets could end up saving a life! Warning signs for Dogs are rapid heart rate, lethargy, lack of coordination, glazed eyes, and excessive drooling. Loss of consciousness is a major warning sign! If you notice these behaviors get your dog into cooler air, give them some water, and if you can, wet their armpits, neck, and between their hind legs with a wet cloth. If you are outside on a walk or at the park it is time to head home and blast that AC on the way!

Kitties present the warning signs a little differently. A sign that your cat is hot (but not yet overheating!) will be your cat behaving restlessly as they try to find a cool spot. Cats can also begin grooming excessively to cool down. The real warning signs are rapid breathing, vomiting, red tongue and mouth, lethargy, and trouble moving. If you notice these signs act fast and get your cat to a cool environment, soak them with cool (not cold!) water, and give them all the water they want. Then for safety take them to the vet!

Treats to Beat the Heat

Our pets love cool treats on hot summer days as much as we do! While we would love to share our ice cream, there are much healthier options. Here are a few Simple & Quick recipes to make some special snacks to cool down your special furry friends:

Peanut Butter Ice Treats

-1 cup peanut butter
-Half a ripe banana
-Water

In a bowl mix up the peanut butter with a splash of water. Mash the banana into the mixture until everything is mixed together. Spoon the mixture into a ice cube tray and let freeze. Once frozen they are ready to be eaten!

Meat Stock Freezes

-Low sodium Chicken or Beef stock
-Chopped carrots, peas, squash, or potato (or any other veggies your dog loves!)

If your dog loves ice cubes this is the treat for them! Super simple to make too. Just get an ice cube tray and toss a few veggies into each cube. Fill up with the broth and freeze. Perfect for a quick and yummy cool down.

Coconut Oil Coat Treats

-Coconut Oil
-Unsweetened Applesauce
-Blueberries

This treat is the perfect cool down if your pup loves coconut oil. Coconut Oil can help maintain coat shine and health. Dogs skin can get so dry in the summer, so this is a good treat that can provide relief inside and out. Heat the coconut oil so it liquefies. Take an empty ice cube tray or a silicone candy tray and spoon a little applesauce and a few blueberries into each spot. Pour the coconut oil over the fruit and put in the freezer. Treats can be served as soon as they are frozen.

With all this extra care and attention your pets may end up loving the summer weather! Remember to put health and safety before fun and make choices that put your pet’s health (and your own) as the top priority. Look out for the heat exhaustion warning signs and act fast! An emergency vet trip is a major summer bummer! With these Simple & Quick ways to help your pets beat the heat, you and your furry friends can enjoy everything a Michigan summer has to offer!


How To Prevent Wear Patterns In Carpet

Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

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Eventually, even the most expensive and well-maintained piece of carpeting will begin to show wear. This is especially true in the high traffic areas of your home, like the paths you walk on every day. These areas might look like they are just a little bit dirtier (and that might be true) but a visible wear pattern is actual damage to the carpet fibers themselves. What you’re seeing is damaged, worn-down carpet! Dirt is the main culprit here; tiny pieces of dirt are actually quite sharp and get ground into the carpeting with each step we take. So now that we know what they are, how do we prevent wear patterns in carpet?

Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum

The best way to prevent wear patterns in your carpet is to keep it as clean as possible for as long as possible. Since dirt particles are responsible for 99% of traffic pattern damage, vacuuming is a huge step in keeping wear patterns from forming. While it depends on how much activity goes on in your home, there really isn’t such a thing as vacuuming too much.

Pay special attention to the areas that attract the most dirt, such as the transitions from carpet to other surfaces like tile or wood that don’t capture nearly as much dirt. And don’t forget your stairs – the ledge of each step is another area where carpet wear is prevalent because that’s where the pad underneath the carpeting is the thinnest (and also where everyone steps).

No Shoes In The House

Another huge but easy method to prolonging the life of your carpeting is to take your shoes off right when you enter the house. Many homes have an entry mat for you to wipe your feet on when entering, and that can help, but it takes an average of 25 steps to remove all the dirt from the bottom of your shoes. This would require a much longer entry rug than is probably feasible in your home, so taking off your shoes is probably a much easier solution.

The Professional Treatment

Even if you take these important steps, eventually the carpet will begin to show wear. Regular professional carpet cleaning can remove much more dirt than a home vacuum can, further preventing carpet wear. They can also apply 3M Scotchgard carpet protectant. This acts as a barrier for the fibers of the carpeting, making it harder for the dirt itself to damage the fibers.

While all carpeting wears with time, these simple measures will help prevent wear patterns and traffic lanes in your home, letting you enjoy your flooring for as long as possible!

Modernistic has been keeping Michigan homes wear pattern free for over 45 years! Click or call to find out how we can help keep your carpet looking like new.


You Can’t See Dirty Air, But You Can Clean It

Posted Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Does your home have dirty air?

When it’s time to clean your home, you KNOW it’s time to clean your home. It’s easy to see when the floors have tracked in too much filth, or when your countertops are looking rough. However you won’t always see how dirty the air in your home might be. Unless your home is filled with car exhaust or smoke, in which case… get out of there! That’s some seriously dirty air!

Whether or not you can see the dirty air of your home, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking every step you can to keep it clean. With the amount of time we spend indoors, it is extra important we make sure the air we breathe in our homes is as clean as can be. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that we spend around 90% of our time indoors! That is a lot of time to be breathing in air potentially carrying any number of biological pollutants.

What Is The Danger?

Many of these contaminants are sourced from things you encounter on a daily basis without thinking about it all that much. Your air quality can be affected by just about anything under your own roof: your pets, excessive moisture, candles (or anything that burns), even certain types of wood and insulation. Many of these seemingly harmless things can affect the air quality in your home, and in turn affect the air that you breathe into your lungs.

Allergic reactions are one of the leading side effects of poor indoor air quality. Dander from your pets is often the driving force behind many allergy issues in the home. As clean as we think we are when it comes to our animals, their dander will enter the air ducts to circulate throughout your home. This can cause minor discomfort with the sniffles, or it can cause even more serious issues by intensifying asthma attacks along with irritations to the eyes, nose, throat, and skin. These things thankfully can easily be avoided.

So What Can I Do?

Question:

“Can I duct tape scouring pads soaked in household cleaners to my 4 year old, and let them loose to play inside the air ducts?”

Answer:

“No, probably not*.”

Getting your air ducts professionally cleaned by Modernistic and keeping an air purifier in the home are two great options for dealing with dirty air! Most of the serious biological pollutants that can cause bacteria and allergy issues can easily be prevented with a thorough air duct cleaning from the Modernistic Air Duct Team. Our crews come to the home prepared, with the most advanced equipment in the industry. We take the dirt with us, leaving your home clean and clear. So please don’t try to do anything crazy to get your HVAC system clean on your own, and make an appointment with the experts. Hope to see you soon!

*Definitely not


Fun Activities to Get Kids Moving

Posted Friday, August 10th, 2018

Summer means freedom! Finally, a chance for kids to release all that pent-up energy from the school year. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for the couch to look a little bit better than some actual fun in the sun. Here are some ways to beat boredom and get kids moving that you might even enjoy.

Outdoors

Nature Walk
Take a walk around your local park, neighborhood, or even your own backyard! See how many plants, animals, insects, and birds you can identify. Bring a magnifying glass to get a closer look at pretty plants and insects. If you have a child that likes to collect nature souvenirs like rocks, sticks, or flowers, bring a bucket or backpack to fill with treasures. Take the time to explore at your child’s pace.  You will be surprised how much learning can happen on a small walk outdoors!

Sprinkler Obstacle Course
Sprinklers are a great way to get kids moving, occupying them for hours running and jumping back and forth over it. So why not make it a little more interesting? There are so many things laying around your house that you can incorporate into your obstacle course: Kiddie pools, slip in slides, more sprinklers! If you have a trampoline or a plastic play house you can make the course go through, around, or under these! Involve your kids in planning the course and get creative!

Water Fight
Classic summer fun. All you need is a few squirt guns and water balloons. Fill up lots of water balloons and store them in large plastic totes or buckets, or even a kiddie pool! Get a large number of kids together (your own or even some neighborhood children) and split everyone into teams. Water Guns versus Water Balloons could be a fun challenge, or even the playing field and give each team a few guns and balloons. Remember to provide proper eye protection to avoid any accidents. Let the fun begin!

Indoors

Karaoke Dance Party
You can have a Karaoke Dance Party even if you don’t have a Karaoke machine! Youtube has tons of karaoke videos you can sing a long too. Find your kids’ favorite songs and make a playlist. You could even have your own little American Idol competition! If you have any dancers in the family encourage them to choreograph a dance to go along with their song, help them come up with the moves! If you wanted to go all out you could even create a stage with some curtains and pick out fun and crazy costumes to sing in.

Yoga
This activity can be indoor or outdoor, depending on the heat. Getting kids in “quiet mode” can be a bit of a struggle. Yoga is a fun activity that engages children and helps them to slow down their mind and body. There are many yoga videos geared towards child audiences available online. Many of them focus on animals or story telling along with the poses. Explore with your child so you can choose one that you both will enjoy! If you do not have yoga mats just do your practice on a carpeted area or area rug. It can be very slippery on hardwood!

Floor is Lava
You might remember this game from your childhood. The bigger the room the better for this particular game. The rules are simple: The floor is lava, everything else is not! Use pillows or couch cushions to create paths across the room and choose a large piece of furniture to be home base and the out zone. If you step on the floor you get burned and you are out for 10 seconds. One person can play “Lava Monster” and stand or crawl on the floor and try to catch other players. If the lava monster catches you become a lava monster yourself!!

With these fun activities up your sleeve you should be able to remedy your little ones’ couch potato syndrome and get kids moving. Remember to have fun and to be creative, none of these games are set in stone!  Soon your kids might even be bothering you to get off the couch!

Summer activities are fun, but they also can be very messy! Trust the cleaning experts at Modernistic to keep your carpet, upholstery, tile, and hardwood floors looking their best this summer. Click or call today for more info!