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!