How to get Red Wine out of Carpet

Photo: Shaw FloorsAccidents can happen. Here are some tips on how to get red wine out of your carpet.

  • Apply detergent solution (1/4 teaspoon clear hand dishwashing soap and 1 cup warm water) with a damp towel; leave on for three to five minutes (blot, don’t rub).
  • If stain is not removed, apply a hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution (1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon household ammonia) and let stand for two to three hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap (repeat as needed).
  • Once removal is complete, apply white vinegar to neutralize the area, then water with a damp towel to rinse.
  • Blot, then finish with a weighted pad of white paper towels.

Always rinse with water and blot dry as the last procedure.

Techniques:

  • Apply – Apply all liquids to a clean white (not printed) towel or paper towel and use to dampen carpet. Never wet a carpet through to the backing.
  • Blot – Press straight down with a pad of clean white paper towels – never rub. Rubbing alters carpet texture. Then in a final blotting, leave 1/2″ of paper towels on spot overnight with a weight.
  • Weight – A weight 1/2″ pad of white paper towels, left overnight, will absorb the last traces of liquid and foreign materials. Make sure the weighted object is colorfast and will not bleed onto the carpet.
  • Rinse – Apply water to a white towel or paper towel; blot, don’t rub.

Solutions:

  • Ammonia – Undiluted, unscented, clear (not sudsy) household ammonia.
  • Detergent – Mix 1/4 teaspoon clear, see-through hand dish-washing detergent with 1 cup warm water.
  • Hydrogen peroxide/ammonia – 1 teaspoon undiluted, unscented, clear (not sudsy) household ammonia. Use within 22 hours of mixing.

Source: Shaw Floors

 

Select the Right Furniture Arrangement

Buckingham-Oak-color-519fbCreating balance in furniture arrangement is mostly about learning to look at a room design in a new way. When homeowners make the best use of a room’s features, including architectural details and hardwood floors, the right proportions and balance are achieved.

In determining a room’s layout, home decorators should consider the traffic flow of the space by looking at how the doorways are situated. If two doors open onto a room, the traffic pattern should move behind the seating, not through it from one door to another. With a single doorway, the traffic should flow directly to the main seating area.

The size of furniture pieces and where they’re placed in relation to each other can throw off the balance of a room as well. Spread out the largest furnishings throughout the room for horizontal balance. The placement of area rugs on wood floors can also upset the balance of a room, and should be considered in conjunction with furniture placement.

Making a space comfortable

The furniture placement in home design can start with three easy steps – evaluate the space, consider the room’s purpose and determine the best seating arrangement.

In rooms without a fireplace, a good alternative is a line of windows or a TV, if the room is used primarily for family activities. Homeowners can also create their own focal point by hanging a large artwork or arrange a display of collectibles on shelves.

Home decorators continue to make the same mistakes, such as placing a sofa against the room’s longest wall. Rather than give the impression of more space, it may look as though the couch is too distant from other pieces that would otherwise make a comfortable conversation area.

Selecting the right furniture arrangement has the same effect whether it’s in an indoor room or an outdoor living area. It allows people to settle in comfortably in a cavernous space made to feel cozy or in tight quarters that become more open.

Source: Anderson Floors