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Tips For Removing Rug Stains
By Payless Decor
12/17/2014 9:05:00 AM  



Well, the holidays are here and you know what that means…holiday parties! ‘Tis the season for entertaining, from family functions to social soirees. As fun as these gatherings can be, even the most well-behaved house guest can accidentally wreak havoc on your home. It seems that many party staples have great stain-producing potential and, combined with holiday high heels, you’re just asking for trouble. That is, unless you’ve invested in a never-ending supply of Saturn wine glasses.

Well, the holidays are here and you know what that means…holiday parties! ‘Tis the season for entertaining, from family functions to social soirees. As fun as these gatherings can be, even the most well-behaved house guest can accidentally wreak havoc on your home. It seems that many party staples have great stain-producing potential and, combined with holiday high heels, you’re just asking for trouble. That is, unless you’ve invested in a never-ending supply of Saturn wine glasses.

Cranberry sauce, red wine, hot chocolate, and more… it’s just a matter of time ‘til they end up on your floor! In a perfect world, your clumsy companion spills their drink right on this multi-colored rug’s wine-colored squares, but most of us aren’t so lucky and something like this rug usually catches the Cabernet instead.  

So, how can you prevent a spill from ruining your night? Luckily, many stains can be removed with a combination of common household items. The faster you tackle a stain, the better your chances of removing it, so being able to utilize nearby materials definitely sets you up for success. 

Check out these stain-specific treatments:


The Stain: Cranberry Sauce

The Solution: White Vinegar and Rubbing Alcohol

After scooping up any solids left behind, mix together vinegar with rubbing alcohol and pour it over the stain. Blot until all liquid is absorbed, then repeat as needed.

 

The Stain: Red Wine

The Solution: Detergent and White Vinegar or Club Soda, Dish Soap, and Hydrogen Peroxide

Recipe #2 is especially efficient! Immediately pouring club soda on the stain will prevent it from setting, then you can quickly mix a batch of soap and hydrogen peroxide. It’s important that you soak up as much of the wine as possible before applying the cleaning solution. Use paper towels to press (not rub) and repeat until the carpet is nearly dry. Then, soak the stain with the solution and repeat the paper towel process.

 

The Stain: Hot Chocolate

The Solution: Ammonia, Detergent, and Hydrogen Peroxide

Again, it is important to soak up the stain prior to treating the carpet. Hot chocolate is a little trickier to tackle, but following the directions above should get the job done! If not, you can soak the stain with hydrogen peroxide, let stand for 1 hour, then try again.

 

The Stain: Coffee

The Solution: White Vinegar, Detergent, and Hydrogen Peroxide

You know the drill by now: blot, soak, blot some more! This time, you’ll want to add white vinegar to your combination of soap and hydrogen peroxide.

 

The Stain: Soft Drinks

The Solution: Detergent and White Vinegar

Since soft drinks have their own bubbles, you’ll just need soap and white vinegar to treat this stain. Soak up the excess liquid then sponge the carpet with a small amount of cleaning solution, making sure to blot dry each time. Repeat until the soda says sayonara!

 

The Stain: Candle Wax

The Solution: Ice, Iron, Shampoo, and Rubbing Alcohol

If your candlelight dinner turns to a candle wax disaster, you’ll have a little more work to do in order to get rid of this stain. First, use an ice cube to harden the wax, then scrape it up with a dull knife. Cover the area with a thin towel and apply a hot iron to absorb the remaining wax. Shampoo the carpet, let it dry, then vacuum to remove any remaining pieces.


Here’s hoping that your holiday parties remain spill-free and, should accidents occur, that these home treatments act quickly. If nothing works, at least you’re on your way to a DIY version of this artsy rug!

 


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Cozy Up For Christmas
By Payless Decor
12/3/2014 8:25:00 AM  

Cozy Up for Christmas

When you think of the winter, you likely think of staying warm from the cold. Cozying up next to the fire, snuggling in a warm blanket and drinking hot chocolate with mini marshmallows. With predictions of another frigid winter, you can keep your home warm in both temperature and ambiance with a few simple additions. Read on to discover unique ways you can make your abode cozy this cold season.

One way to keep your home feeling toasty is to add a woodsy element. An easy way to achieve this is with wood window blinds. Not only do they provide elegance and warmth to cozy up a space, they also add a unique style to any room, especially a bedroom or living room. This look can be supplemented by hanging up heavy drapes for an even more decorative and inviting aura.

Since energy bills are usually higher in the winter months, you’ll definitely want to reduce your bill anyway you can. Blackout cellular shades are perfect for those who are more practical but still want sophistication. They protect against heat loss in winter. Windows are the source of the most wasted energy inside the home so these shades are a must. A bonus? They’re cordless, making for extremely easy opening and closing. Try to choose rich colors that evoke feelings of tranquility and safety. Colors like amber, espresso or vanilla will make you feel like you’re in winter oasis. Reds and yellows are also good choices— just be sure to stick to mellow tones of each.

If drapes or blinds aren’t for you, there are other options— shades or sliding panels, for instance, add a sophisticated and distinct vibe to your windows. This unexpected element can keep you warm both functionally and visually. Try Roman window shades, which combine fabric and the easily operated shades, for an elegant touch, or bamboo shades for a trendy touch. The latter will lie flat against the window and can then be rolled up to allow more light to shine through. They also bring the beauty of nature indoors with rich textures, beautiful colors and natural style.

Window decorations aren’t the only way to spruce up your home. Instead of having a cold, bare floor, think about placing rugs underneath coffee tables in neutral colors or ones that pop. One key to picking rugs— or any object used for decoration— is to pick ones with a color that doesn’t stimulate but makes you feel secure. That means a vibrant, lime green rug wouldn’t be the wisest choice for warm, wintery decor. Instead, look for colors in browns and maroon reds, like the drapes. A jute rug, braided in pattern and great for big spaces, lends to feelings of comfort and security. Additionally, these rugs are eco-friendly and can easily be cleaned from spills or melting snow.

In addition to using blankets and sweaters to stay warm this winter, a few key household accessories can really help provide that cozy, inviting feeling that everyone looks forward to when they visit family over the holidays.

 

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Out With The Old, In With The New
By Payless Decor
11/19/2014 8:33:00 AM  

Out With The Old, In With The New

Spring cleaning isn’t a new concept. You sift through all the things you’ve acquired over autumn and winter, and you start anew with a more organized home. But in order to accumulate these things, you must do a little of what we like to call fall decorating.

One of the best ways to transition into the colder seasons (besides making more hot chocolate and buying an abundance of sweaters) is to decorate your home with fall and winter decor. Use this time of the year to pack up all your bright-colored decorations and furniture, and turn to darker neutrals, deep reds, and moss greens, perhaps even some golden yellows - think the colors you see on changing leaves.

The first addition to your newly-decorated home should be a rug, simply because it’s easiest to build your other decor around this central focal point. Since you’ll most likely be spending more time indoors during these colder seasons, you’ll need a more durable rug.

Jute - which is a strong fiber made from plants - is one of the best materials for a fall and winter rug, because not only is it eco-friendly, but it has water-repelling properties for those little spills. Try the Mustard Seed Jute Rug to brighten up an otherwise dark room or the Salem Jute Rug to tone down any bright walls or decor you may have.


Mustard Seed Jute Rug
Mustard Seed Jute Rug
Salem Jute Rug
Salem Jute Rug

And even though it’s not the season of spring cleaning, be sure to stay adamant about cleaning your rugs so you can pack them up at the end of the season and reuse them instead of having to toss them because they go too dirty. Does this mean you have to take a steam cleaner to your rug every week? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s only necessary to deeply clean your rug right before you replace it with your spring and summer rug. Instead, simply vacuum twice a week to maintain appropriate cleanliness.

Once you’ve selected your rug (or multiple rugs if you have a rather large living space), it’s time to decorate around it. Choose some heavy drapes to add to the coziness of your new space. The rule of thumb is if your rug has multiple colors, go with neutral drapes. But if you’ve chosen a single-colored rug, you can get more adventurous with the drapes.


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If you’d prefer to bypass drapes, but still want some coverage for your windows, opt for bamboo shades. But be forewarned, once you make the switch to bamboo shades, you’ll never want to go back to cheap, plastic shades ever again (which is actually a good thing). The best thing about bamboo shades is the natural light they let in as well as the fact that because of their decorative quality, they look good alone or with drapes.


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Switching out all of your decor after the summer may seem unnecessary, but you’ll be surprised how much cozier your home will feel when you fill it with new rugs and window fixings.


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3 tips for choosing the best rug for you
By Payless Decor
3/5/2014 4:15:00 PM  

Adding a rug can tie a room together, but with so many choices in material, color, shape and size, it can be difficult to make a selection. Here are three tips to help you narrow down your options.

1. Choose the right size
The size of your rug can make or break an entire room's decor. If you're not going for a wall-to-wall carpet, you'll want one that will best fit your space. In larger rooms, you'll want a rug that's a good size, or it may make even a sprawling space feel small, according to HGTV hostess Emily Henderson. As a rule of thumb, try to be sure that the legs of your furniture will go over the edges of the rug. Smaller rooms can benefit from a smaller rug, as it won't make the area feel too crowded. Make sure you do your measurements before you shop, or you may wind up having to rearrange some furniture.

2. Choose the right color
Chances are you probably won't want to build your room around the color of a new rug. You'll want a carpet that matches the blinds and shades, chairs, couches and any other accessories you already have. It may be easier to choose something with downplayed colors since you don't want the focal point of the room to be the floor. Go for blue, gray or brown - these colors look good, match most other colors and will be easy on the eyes.

3. Choose the right material
You're going to want your rug to match the general look of your room. If you have lots of natural materials, like a set of wood blinds or a rustic coffee table, you'll want to match them with a carpet that's made from plant fibers. In particular, hemp is a very strong material for rugs, and it can be dyed a wide variety of colors. Its durability lends it well to being used in areas with high traffic, like hallways or doorways.

There are many ways to make your room come together, such as getting your window treatments, rugs and curtains to all match. Whether you want them all in the same color family or prefer a bold, complementary look, you'll find that keeping all these accessories in line will make your room feel complete.
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