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.


How To Get Pet Hair Out Of Carpet And Upholstery

Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2018

At Modernistic, we love our pets! And we know that many of our customers love their pets too! But it can be frustrating trying to keep up with all of the pet fur that get caught in upholstery and carpet. If your pets are anything like ours, you may feel like you need Modernistic to clean your carpet weekly to keep up with all the shedding! Fortunately, there are a few Simple and Quick ways to get pet hair out of carpet and upholstery that you can do at home.  

With tightly woven fabrics and short fur, a light spray of water and fabric softener and loosed up pet fur. A cloth or paper towel can lift much of it right up. A slightly dampened sponge can also be used to lightly pick up fur. May people like to use lint rollers, just like they use on their clothes. We know many pet owners already keep lint rollers on hand, which makes them the perfect tool to keep up with the fur. Alternatively, you can wrap duct tape or packing tape around your hand and use it to lightly lift any fur just like a lint roller.

If the fur is still stubbornly sticking to the upholstery fabric, a rubber glove might help. Dampen a rubber glove with water and simply run your hand over the surface. Repeat until the hair is removed. For carpeting, some people will use a rubber soled shoe in place of the glove method. But the rubber should only be needed for extra stubborn fur. The best way to get fur out of carpet is to keep up with it by vacuuming regularly, and going over those furry areas in alternating directions. Remember to regularly vacuum your upholstery as well!

Gadgets! There are rubber gadgets that work on the same principle as the rubber glove method that work great at getting fur out of upholstery and carpets. Some are small, handheld or glove shaped, and others are large brooms. There are also pet hair removal gadgets that look like paddles covered in fabric. These tools use static electricity to their advantage, and come with a self cleaning base. They work a lot like a lint roller, without the waste caused by disposable adhesive sheets.

Cleaning up pet hair can seem like a lot of work, but the secret is keeping up with it regularly with these Simple & Quick ways to get pet hair out of carpet and upholstery. A little bit of cleanup here and there every day will help get rid of all the unsightly shedding!

Modernistic has been cleaning up after pets since 1973. If you need a hand cleaning up after your furry friend, then trust the cleaning experts and give us a click or call!


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

Posted Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

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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!


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

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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.


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!


Simple & Quick Recipes to Make With Your Grandkids

Posted Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

The kitchen can be a great place to build lasting memories. You can made healthy snacks, wholesome desserts, and spend some quality time together with your grandchildren. It can be an excellent opportunity to get eyes off of screens, measuring ingredients, looking at old cook books, or learning cutting skills. But, you can also use the Internet to find some recipes you and your grandkids will love making, sharing, and eating. Here are just a few Simple & Quick recipes to make with your grandkids that will help create those bonding memories.

Ants On A Log
Celery sticks filled with peanut butter (or the nut butter of your choice) or cream cheese, topped with raisins, craisins, berries, or even goldfish crackers. If you use goldfish crackers, consider changing the “Ants On A Log” name to something fishier… like Nemo snacks.

Pie
Think of your favorite pie recipe when you were their age and teach your grandkids how to make it; chances are they’ll love it too! You might have a favorite pie crust recipe that you are hoping to pass down, but if not, the grocery store sells pie crust in the freezer aisle or near the cookie dough. Either way, the pie will be great!

Jam
It can be a lot of fun to pick strawberries, blueberries, or even wild raspberries if you have the chance. And one of the best ways to make those berries last the year is to make jam. If you’ve never made jam before, freezer jam is a stress-free way to go. You don’t have to worry about boiling, pressurizing, pasteurizing, etc that you would with traditional canning.

Cookies
I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t enjoy making and eating. Weather you buy frozen dough balls and plop them on a sheet pan, or you mix up an old family recipe from scratch, you are sure to have a good time. Tollhouse puts their chocolate chip cookie recipe on every bag of chocolate chips.

Kiddy Cocktails
Mix up the always popular Shirley Temple (Sprite with Grenadine) and watch an old Shirley Temple movie. Blend up a thin mint milk shake, inspired by the classic Grasshopper drink, and watch Pinocchio.

Whether you have family recipes you want to pass down to future generations, or you want to build some new traditions, these Simple & Quick recipes to make with your grandkids will help you make lasting memories with the young ones you love most.