Carpet-cleaning tips for pet owners

If you own a pet, it can take a toll on your carpet. Fortunately, the experts at the Carpet and Rug Institute offer many ways to combat pet odors and stains:

Vacuum carpet more frequently to capture pet hair and dander from your pet’s fur.

Use CRI Certified Seal of Approval cleaning products that are specifically designed for pet stains and odors.

Clean up new messes promptly. Use small hand extractors for quick cleanups of pet accidents, but remember that these quick clean ups don’t take the place of periodic deep cleaning.

Have your carpet professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months.

Don’t use a steam cleaner when dealing with urine spots because the heat will set the stain and the smell. Extracting the spill with a wet-vacuum and rinsing with cool water will reduce the odor.


How to clean home gutters

During fall, gutters can get clogged with debris. To keep them working properly and to prevent ice dams as temperatures drop, it’s essential to add a proper cleaning to your winterizing to-do list. The pros at Lowe’s say to grab your ladder and safely follow these steps:

Begin cleaning the gutter near a downspout.

Remove the large debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) with a trowel and dump it in a bucket.

To clean out finer materials, flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout. Using a hose-end attachment specially designed for gutters may make this project a lot easier. Alternatively, you can use a gutter-cleaning attachment on a hose.


Watch out for hungry deer

Deer can cause major damage to yards in any season, but in winter they can be downright deadly to some of the most expensive backyard landscape plants, according to Bobbex. When regular foods like leaves, grass and annuals become scarce, deer turn their attention to woody plants, shrubs and trees that stay green in winter, like rhododendron, arborvitaes, yew, holly, and those that lose their leaves, like oak, willow and dogwood trees. Deer will tear away at the lower leaves and branches of these shrubs and trees, which won’t grow back evenly and may be permanently damaged, in need of replacement, come springtime.

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Survey: Homeowners prefer the look of stainless steel

According to a Delta Faucet’s newly launched bi-annual Homeowner Index, more than half the homeowners surveyed (53 percent) prefer stainless steel as the finish of choice in the kitchen. Their second choice is nickel (24 percent), while matte black (20 percent) and chrome (20 percent) rounded out the preferences.

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