Prolong the life of your luxury furniture

Posted Friday, November 4th, 2016

Keeping your nice upholstery in great condition

Suede, velvet, chenille, and other upscale upholstery can add class and style to any room. Leather and even cotton or linen can have a similar effect. But without proper maintenance, the fabric can begin to fade. With just a little effort, you can keep your couches, chairs, and sofas in peak condition for much longer. Here are some tips to help you prolong the life of your luxury furniture.

1. Clear out and vacuum regularly.

Weekly, or as often as you vacuum the floor, vacuum your upholstery as well. Start by pulling out the cushions and gathering any coins, crumbs, paperclips, or other debris that’s fallen through the cracks. Then, vacuum the cushions and fabric surfaces, paying special attention to crevices, ridges, and other small areas.

Any loose dirt that’s sitting on the surface can get ground deep into the fibers if it’s not removed soon, so regular vacuuming is important. Be sure your vacuum attachments are clean, so they don’t leave extra residue on your fabric.

2. Fluff the cushions and pillows.

Since cushions are full of stuffing, they are susceptible to shape-shifting – especially because they carry weight in the same place. Nobody wants their cushions to go limp and flat, and fluffing can help them retain their shape.

Fluffing can include punching, squeezing, shuffling, or anything that will force the stuffing to move around inside the cover. At a minimum, plan on spending a couple minutes fluffing your cushions and pillows every few days to keep them in their best shape.

3. Flip and rotate the cushions.

Cushions take all their wear in the same place, so if you flip them and switch them around, you can even out the wear and extend the life of the fabric. Depending on the shape of your couch and cushions, you may be able to simply flip them upside-down and switch them with each other. Some couches have T-shaped cushions, which you can invert and move to the other side of the couch.

4. Protect your upholstery from sunlight.

Direct sunlight can affect your furniture’s fabric like it can affect your skin, so it’s important to protect it if you want to prolong the life of your luxury furniture. If you want to place your furniture in a room with lots of natural light, consider using a slipcover to protect it from the sun. Throw blankets, which come in a wide variety of colors, fabrics, and styles, provide protection as well.

If your furniture’s fabric looks great and you want to show it off, you can still protect it from sunlight. When you’re away or not using the room, close the curtains or throw a sheet over the sofa. This will keep the fabric looking new when you do use the room.

5. Make house rules to keep your furniture clean.

Food, crayons, and pet accidents can have disastrous effects on your furniture, so make rules to mitigate that danger. Depending on how your household runs, rules could include prohibitions on juice and wine or all food in the living room. You could allow adults but not children to eat in the living room, or have your children keep their art supplies in a different room. Dogs can be trained to stay off furniture.

6. What can you do about pets?

You love your cat or headstrong dog that likes to snuggle on the couch, but you also love the great look your furniture brings to the room. So what can you do?

If you can’t trust your pets to stay off the furniture, advises that it’s probably a good idea to cover the couches and chairs, especially when you’re not around to supervise. House training accidents, dander, fur, and mud tracked in from outdoors can dirty the upholstery, and claws can get easily snagged in delicate fabric.

7. What if I spill or dirty the fabric?

Spills and accidents happen. When they do, clean up the mess right away, taking care to blot more than you wipe. Be careful with any cleaning agents, since every piece of upholstery is unique and it’s not always possible to know what to expect. If you do opt for a commercial cleaning chemical, always spot-test in an inconspicuous area first.

However, when it comes to upscale upholstery, your safest bet is to contact a professional. At Modernistic, we know exactly how to treat specialty fabrics. With immediate care, we can get rid of almost any stain, saving your fine furniture for years to come.

8. Prolong the life of your luxury furniture with professional care.

An annual or seasonal deep cleaning can prevent dirt and grime from becoming a permanent part of your upholstery and extend the life of your furniture. Since deep cleaning can be a complex process, it’s best to call a professional. Professional cleaning is also key to removing stubborn stains or discoloration from regular use.

It’s easy to schedule a professional cleaning with Modernistic, and our coupons can help make it even more affordable. We’ll help you keep your furniture clean, comfortable, and looking great. Contact us today to prolong the life of your luxury furniture.

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4 tips for how to care for leather furniture

Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Holt, Michigan: try these top leather furniture care tips

Leather furniture has long been a popular furniture choice in most homes. A tightly-upholstered leather chair can provide a clean, classic finish to a room, whereas a soft leather sofa can become the favorite comfort couch. However, leather requires some special care to keep it in good condition. Here are our top tips to help you care for leather furniture.

Dust with a clean, dry cloth and vacuum crevices

In general, leather furniture is very easy to maintain. Simply wipe the furniture down with a dry cloth as part of your regular cleaning routine to eliminate surface dust. You should also vacuum in the crevices of the cushions and arm rests where dirt, dander, pollen, and other debris can become lodged. Do not use any cleaning products not designed specifically for leather, as even gentle products can damage the leather.

Condition regularly

Regular conditioning is an essential part of proper care for leather furniture. Leather dries out over time, and when it does it can crack and tear. Accordingly, you should apply a leather conditioner once every six months or so, and more if your furniture is in a particularly hot environment. Spray or rub the conditioner into your leather as directed, and don’t skip parts you can’t see. If your leather cracks in a hidden area, it can lead to a larger tear.

Clean spills immediately

Use as little water as possible when wiping up a spill. Ideally, you will be able to get most of the spill off with a dry cloth. However if the spill is a sticky liquid, or contains a dye which might soak into the material, you may need to resort to a dampened cloth. Take care not to soak the leather in liquid, as this will cause damage. And if you spill an oily substance, use a little talcum powder or baking soda to help absorb the grease.

Keep out of direct sunlight

Leather will dry out and fade more quickly in direct sunlight. Instead of placing your leather furniture near a window, position it further within the room and keep the shades down during the daytime when you’re not at home.

Modernistic can help clean your leather and other upholstered furniture, particularly in those deep down crevice areas where dander and allergens collect. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

How often should you clean your carpets?

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016

Residents of Macomb: are your carpets cleaned regularly enough?

Professional carpet cleaning isn’t just a cosmetic solution for when your carpet looks dirty. It actually extends the life of your carpet, making it a worthwhile investment in the long run. Dirt and dust act like sandpaper to your carpet: they shred the fibers, causing your carpet to become matted and thin before its time.

Vacuuming regularly will help extend the life of your carpets, especially when you do a slow and thorough job. If you take time to properly vacuum twice a week (or daily in high-traffic zones), you remove most of the dirt and other pollutants that would otherwise break down your carpet fibers. But even so, you will want professional carpet cleaners to come in on a regular basis.

So, how often should you clean your carpets? Here are some factors to consider:

What’s your family size?

It’s not just that kids are more likely to track in extra dirt or spill things on the carpet. More people mean more wear and tear. So if your home is a high-traffic space with lots of people coming and going, you should bring in a professional cleaner every 12–6 months.

Do you own pets?

Pets can add extra wear to a carpet. Dogs are likely to track in more dirt, and dander can get ground into the fibers, contributing to wear and breakdown. We recommend cleaning your carpets at least twice a year, and possibly quarterly.

Kids and pets?

If you have both pets and kids, you should certainly consider quarterly cleaning. It may seem expensive, but it beats having to tear up and replace all your carpeting. You can get extra mileage from your carpet by doing extra vacuuming, paying special attention to high-traffic areas.

That said, if your child spills something on the carpet, or if your pet has an accident, it is not necessary to clean the whole carpet. However, you should have a professional come out and do a spot clean to avoid long-term damage.

You have allergies or asthma?

Carpet is notoriously problematic for anyone suffering from allergies or asthma. Because it collects dust, dander, pollen, and other allergens, it’s best to vacuum often and have it professionally cleaned on a quarterly basis to reduce symptoms.

None of the above?

If you’re living long or with your partner, and you’re pretty gentle with your carpets, the you won’t need to clean them more than once a year.

Call a professional sooner rather than later.

By the time your carpet is showing dirt (and your vacuum doesn’t keep it clean), you’ve actually left it too long. Think of your carpet cleaning as preventative treatment, and be proactive in its maintenance. So if it’s been a while since your last cleaning, contact Modernistic today to schedule an appointment.

How should you clean your tile and grout?

Posted Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Hey Holland, cleaning your tile and grout is a lot easier than you might think.

Tile is a perennial choice for many home owners because of its durability, water resistance, and pleasing aesthetic. But for many, cleaning tile conjures images of getting down on hands and knees to scrub grout with a tooth brush.

However, with regular care and the proper preventative measures, you can keep your tile looking beautiful with minimal care. Here’s what to keep in mind.

What kind of tile do you have?

Your cleaning approach will vary depending on your tile. Do you have stone, ceramic, or marble? Is your tile glazed or unglazed? Particularly porous or unglazed tile will be more prone to staining, and will require extra attention. Be sure to clean up any spills immediately, and never use a cleaner with a product containing color.

As for glazed tile, you’ll want to avoid any oil-based cleaners as they will leave a slippery residue over your tile.

Regular maintenance

Depending on the traffic in your household, you will want to remove dirt and other debris on a daily or weekly basis. You can do this by sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming. A microfiber cloth or a slightly dampened mop are also effective.

When you’re ready to mop, dust your tile first to avoid pushing dirt into your grout. Clean using clear water and a mild cleaning agent with a neutral pH.

Dry your tile when you’re finished

Wet tile is a slipping hazard, so you should always dry it when you’re done cleaning. Drying your floor will also leave it looking shinier by removing water spots, and it will prevent moisture from seeping into your grout. Either a terrycloth towel or a dry mop work well for this.

Have a professional clean your tile and grout annually

Even with regular maintenance, your tile will dull over time. An annual cleaning by a professional can bring back the shine, and a protective sealant will make your tile easier to clean throughout the rest of the year.

So, if your tile could use a little TLC, contact the professionals at Modernistic to schedule a cleaning today.

How should you care for upholstered furniture?

Posted Friday, August 19th, 2016

Hey Grand Rapids, how’s that old armchair looking?

We all have that favorite sofa or armchair that we hope will last forever but has clearly seen better days. Whether you’re planning to order a replacement, or you just want to do what you what you can the extend the life of your current pieces, here are our suggestions for how you can better care for upholstered furniture.

Protect your fabric

Most fabric comes pre-treated with stain resistant materials, but you may want to look into some slipcovers for extra protection if your furniture will see heavy use or if it’s kept in a particularly sunny room.

Turn the cushions.

No, this isn’t about hiding that stain. You want to make sure that both sides of the cushion receive equal wear, so that one side does not go thin before the other. Fabric also fades naturally from sunlight, so by turning the cushions regularly you can keep them fading at an even rate.

Fluff your cushions

By taking time to fluff the padding, you refresh its shape, prevent it from going flat or developing uncomfortable lumps. This will also help wrinkles from developing.

Vacuum regularly

Keep dirt and other contaminants from being ground into the fabric. This will not only make your furniture look dingy, but will wear down the fibers as well. Take care when vacuuming near buttons, loose threads, or weak spots in fabric. Use a soft brush nozzle on the cushions, and a corner attachment for the crevices.

Spot clean

Blot up any spills or pet accidents immediately. Use only a small amount of cleaner, and make sure whatever you use is suited for the fabric type.

Bring in a professional

The best care you can give your upholstered furniture is regular treatment from a professional. At Modernistic, we can be sure to treat your upholstery fabric with the correct cleaning agents, so as not to damage your furniture. We have special tools to help clean out hard-to-reach places, so that by the time we’re done, it will look as if someone has breathed new life into your beloved armchair. Schedule an appointment or get a quote today.

Allergy relief is on the way.

Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Sorry, for your allergies, Brighton: we blame the weather.

After one of the driest summers on record, recent weather changes have led to a high pollen count across Michigan. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re probably already well aware of the problem. Modernistic offers special anti-allergen cleaning, but here are a few tips to hold you over while you wait for help to arrive.

Keep allergens out

Keep pollen and other allergens from entering your home in the first place. Close your outside doors and windows, leave your shoes at the door, and keep doormats at all entryways.

Regulate your temperature and humidity

Dust mites and mold grow best in a hot, humid environment. Keep your indoor temperature between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C) and relative humidity below 50%. If you haven’t changed the filters in your furnace or air conditioner in a while, you may want to check them as well.

Invest in an air filtration system

Choose one that comes equipped with a small-particle or HEPA filter. This can be especially beneficial to use in bedrooms: have it direct clean air toward your head while you sleep so that you can get a better night’s rest.

Do the laundry

Wash your bedding in hot water once a week to kill any dust mites. Also, if you have washable curtains, area rugs, and doormats, clean them as well.

Give your house a good cleaning

If your symptoms are exceptionally bad, you may want to wear a dust mask while you clean. After that, vacuum all your floors, and use a microfiber cloth or slightly dampened rag to get rid of dust built up on your shelves and dressers without brushing it into the air.

Ask about Modernistic’s Allergy Relief Services

Our specially-trained professionals can reduce allergens in your home for up to six months. We can remove up to 90% of dust, dander, and other debris from your carpets and upholstery, leaving you with long-lasting allergy relief in your home. Call today to schedule a cleaning.

How to Get Wine out of Your Carpet

Posted Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Get a little zealous with your pouring Detroit? Now, how do you get wine out of your carpet?

I mean, we get it, the Tigers had won last night and you just bought a nice Pinot from House of Pure Vin. Sometimes you get a little over excited, right? You then wake up the next morning to find more than a few drops on your carpet. So, fellow Detroiters, how do you get wine out of your carpet?

What You Should Have Done

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure right? Well, in this case 2 minutes of blotting it immediately could save you time and money down the road.

Always blot your wine stain up and down, and never side to side. Blotting side to side will push most of the wine down deeper into the rug or carpet. It’s also best to start from the outside and work your way in.

Next you should add water. This is not just helpful in hydrating after all that wine you drank, but will dilute the wine and add moisture once you’ve blotted out all that you can. This is also necessary if you’ve let the wine stain dry out overnight.

Last, you can add salt. The salt will soak up the remaining moisture, wine included. This is especially helpful if the wine stain has already dried. Let the salt dry, clean it up any excess that you can and vacuum up the rest.

But Since You Let It Go Too Far

Try creating a vinegar solution. Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Don’t use cider or balsamic vinegars, they’re just going to make their own stains.

Next soak a towel in that mixture and dab the affected area. (remember the rules from above) Use another dry towel to soak up the new moisture you’ve created. Then grab some regular water and wet the entire stain down and begin drying.

Like washing your hair:  soak, rinse, repeat until the stain is gone.

Last, But Not Least

Sometimes it’s necessary to call in a professional. If you’ve tried all these other methods and it’s still not coming out, save your carpet and let one of our trained cleaning specialists take care of you and your rug or carpet. Our folks know how to efficiently and effectively get wine out of your carpet.

While they’re there they will make sure the whole room is spotless. Because remember, while it may be baseball season now, it will be football season soon. You want your rooms as clean as possible when everyone is over to see our beloved Lions do what our beloved Lions do. Give us a call and we’ll make sure that your carpet is cleaner than the team’s record.

Top tips for hardwood floor maintenance

Posted Monday, August 15th, 2016

Hardwood requires extra attention

We see a lot of hardwood floors in the neighborhoods near Rochester and Rochester Hills. Their durability and classic aesthetic make them a perennial choice among many home owners, but they require special care. Here are some tips to cut down on the wear and tear and keep them looking their best between cleanings.

Be careful how you walk on them

Yes, we know we just described them as durable, but that doesn’t mean they won’t get scratched. Be especially cautious if you wear high-heeled shoes: a broken heel tip on your stilettos can do a lot of damage. If you have pets, be sure to keep their nails trimmed.

Keep the dirt out

Sand, dirt, and gravel can scratch the surface of your floor and get lodged between the cracks. Use entrance rugs in the doorways to keep dust from being tracked in. This will save you a lot of cleaning time in the long run, and help your floors maintain their finish.

Vacuum or sweep regularly

Make sure you use a soft-bristled broom or a vacuum without a beater bar. Another option is to use a dry flat mop with a microfiber head. Clean weekly, or daily in high-traffic areas, to keep any outside particles from being ground into the floor.

Avoid water

Hardwood floors can absorb water, causing them to warp. Not only do you want to avoid cleaning your hardwood with water, but you should also take care to soak up any spills as quickly as possible. In a kitchen area, keep cotton floor mats near the sink and dishwasher. Avoid using vinyl or plastic mats, as they can trap water underneath.

Use floor protectors on all your furniture

Felt tips on your chair and table legs can keep them from scratching your floor as they get moved about. When moving heavy furniture, always lift and carry—never push it across the floor.

Have them cleaned professionally

Modernistic offers special hardwood floor cleaning throughout southeast Michigan, so if you’re in the Rochester or Rochester Hills area, we can help. We use special, dust-free cleaning technology to cut down on the mess, and we apply a special finish stain or gloss finish at the end to bring back the shine. Our process is quick and efficient: while other services can take up to two weeks, we can be out in a matter of hours, and you will be able to move your furniture back after 24 hours of drying time.

So if it’s been a while and your floors are looking faded, give us a call!