How to Prevent Carpet Stains & Grime

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Individuals often spend a great deal of money on carpeting for the home only to find the floor looks dirty and dingy in a short period of time. Although many carpets and rugs now come with stain protection, regular care must be taken to ensure the floor looks great at all times. Following are some steps every person can take to keep their carpet or rug looking new for an extended period of time, including professional carpet cleaning.

Remove Footwear When Entering The Home

People all over the world enter their homes with their shoes on. They never stop to think what they track on the floor when they do so, and this is why some cultures demand people not wear shoes in the house. Walk through the grass and chances are an animal has used it for a bathroom. Particles may get into the soles of the shoes and enter the home. This is only one example of why footwear should never be worn in the home. Socks are recommended, as the feet have natural oils, and these oils may be deposited on the floor where they attract dirt.

Vacuuming

First and foremost, vacuum the rug or carpet on a regular basis. Doing so removes gritty dirt that can get down into the fibers and damage not only the rug or carpet but the floor underneath. Top load vacuums are best, as the dirt will fall inward, and it’s best to purchase a vacuum with a HEPA filter. The filter must be changed regularly to prevent pollutants from blowing into the air, and vacuum bags should be changed when they’re half full. This boosts the effectiveness of the machine.

Spots And Spills

When something spills on the carpet, action must be taken immediately. Blot the stain repeatedly, but never rub. Doing so distorts the nap of the rug or carpet. Invest in a spot cleaner to handle spills immediately, and be wary of any strong cleaners. They often do more harm than good.

Hire a professional carpet cleaning Wellington company to come in twice a year, such as our company Maxi Carpet Cleaners (www.maxicarpetservices.co.nz). The carpet cleaners Wellington do a deep clean of the rug or carpet, which helps to extend the beauty of the flooring and its lifespan. Don’t hire discount carpet cleaning companies Wellington, however, as they can do more harm than good. You get what you pay for.

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Easy Ways to Make Your House Look Like New!

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A full home renovation can be expensive. When you consider the flooring, walls, furniture and other things that need to be worked on, costs can quickly add up. If you want a new home look, but do not have the money or time for a full renovation, consider the following simple ways to refresh your home.

1. Reupholster your chairs and sofas

Your sofas and chairs make a big statement on the overall style of a room. While buying a new set of sofas can be quite expensive, a simple reupholstering can make a huge difference on a budget. You can even reupholster with new colours and styles. Hiring a professional is always the best idea but if you are handy around tools, you can attempt some DIY upholstering.

Remember to keep your upholstery well maintained – get rid of any stains immediately, mend any stitches before they grow larger and vacuum the fabric to get rid of dust and other small particles. It is also a good idea to regularly seek out professional upholstery and carpet cleaning services Wellington.

2. Wainscoting

Wainscoting was done hundreds of years ago to protect the lower half of walls from scuffs and stains. Today, it is one of the simplest ways to freshen up your home. You can use solid wood panels for the wainscoting or opt for other materials such as MDF, plywood or even plastic.

There are so many varieties of wainscoting styles to choose from. You can even get wainscoting that stretches past the halfway point of the wall.

3. Shiplap

An alternative to wainscoting is covering up an entire wall with panels of wood, MDF or plywood. For the best results, you should hire a professional contractor. You can decide to accent a single wall using shiplap or go more drastic and cover all the walls in a room. You can even go the full length and extend the shiplap to the ceiling.

When properly installed, shiplap can have a dramatic effect on a room. It can transform dull and chipped walls and is especially great if you are going for a county home décor.

4. Polish the floor and furniture

When was the last time you did some maintenance work on your floor? An aged and dull floor can make your home look really dated. Polishing gives it a new shine that makes your home look all new. If you plan on polishing the entire flooring in your home, you are better off getting professional help.

As you polish the flooring, give the same treatment to your furniture. Look up instructions on how to polish your specific type of furniture – be it wood, metal or glass – and buy the right things. You can fit a furniture polishing project in a weekend with a huge effect on your home.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Wellington

A little maintenance now and then on your upholstery and carpeting goes a long way in keeping your home looking new. If you live in the Kapiti Coast, Greater Wellington and Hutt Valley regions, Maxi Carpet Services are here for all your upholstery and carpet cleaning solutions. We are the best upholstery cleaners Wellington, trusted by our customers to provide the best services.

Visit our website at www.maxicarpetservices.co.nz to get a free quote.

Preparing Your Home To Sell

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When preparing your home to sell you need to make sure it is as presentable as possible. As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression!” Remember that street appeal is really important as no matter how perfect the inside of your home is, if your front garden is a mess or the fence needs painting then many prospective buyers may just drive off without even setting foot inside.

Things to consider include carrying out any repairs to your home, conducting a thorough deep clean throughout, tidying up the outside areas, redecorating any old and tired areas, as well as possibly updating the kitchen and bathroom areas. You should have a really good declutter and sell or pack away non-essential items. Once you have thinned out your belongings you can start to get things looking a bit tidier.

There is nothing worse than bulging storage cupboards or overcrowded shelves to give the impression that your home lacks storage. So empty the kitchen cupboards, clear out the pantry of all those out of date items, chuck out the clothes that no longer fit, thin down your book collection, sort out the toiletries in the bathroom…you get the idea.

Checklist for preparing your home to sell

  • tidy up the garden (weed, trim hedges and trees, and plant new flowers for colour)
  • declutter (sort items to throw out, donate, sell, store or leave on display)
  • clean, clean, clean (curtains, windows, paths, gutters, bathroom, walls, basically everything)
  • get professional carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • fix all those little things you have been putting off so your home looks maintained (locks, hinges, hooks)
  • paint fences, windows and weatherboards
  • repair or renew the driveway or paths
  • redecorate the most tired looking areas or all areas if needed (use neutral colours)
  • upgrade bathroom fixtures or at least buy a new shower curtain as a minimum
  • renovate the kitchen, but only if necessary as this can be expensive

It is important that you don’t spend too much cash getting your home ready to market. Yes, you want to add value or at least get the best price possible but if you spend too much you may not get it all back. A clean, tidy home with a fresh coat of paint is a great step towards getting the best price. If you have the time and can afford it then updating the kitchen and bathroom can help sell your home as these are two key areas that potential buyers look at.

It is important that all areas have a designated purpose within your home. Dining areas, lounges or family rooms should be obviously either open plan or separate rooms. Make sure the furniture is not too big for the space, making rooms appear smaller than they are. Bedrooms should be clearly defined but don’t put king sized beds in single rooms.

Remember: First impressions count so tidy up external areas and stage the interior for those all important real estate photos – don’t forget the fresh flowers. To help you get your home looking its best, when you look for carpet cleaners in Wellington, choose Maxi Carpet Services. Visit www.maxicarpetservices.co.nz for information on their carpet cleaning services Wellington wide. Maxi Carpet Services are also experienced upholstery cleaners in Wellington.

Preparing Your Home for Sale

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Are you looking to sell your home in Wellington or Kapiti? To increase the value of your house, you need to make sure it is looking its best for your open homes. Here are some top tips to get your house ready.

1. Start immediately: Don’t wait for your house to get onto the market before you start giving it a revamp. Start now and make sure your home is buyer friendly before it is released onto the market.

2. Declutter: Go through all the items inside your home and arrange everything in an orderly way. If you think something is not required, either recycle it or bin it. If you have all sorts of items all over the place this reduces the space and makes your home feel claustrophobic.

3. Clean: Remember that this is the most important part of preparing an open home. Clean everything you possibly can lay your hands on, especially the carpets and upholstery. Call in the Kapiti  carpet and upholstery cleaning professionals and see a world of difference unfold before your eyes.

4. Increase the curb appeal: Ensure that your home passes the first look litmus test. Your efforts to spruce up the inside of the property will be wasted if your grass is overgrown and your outdoor area is full of rubbish.

5. Finish those small things: Make sure you finish doing all those things you wouldn’t otherwise have time to do – like fixing a drawer that sticks, stopping a dripping tap or fixing a broken door handle.

6. Depersonalise: It is important that the viewer doesn’t get disenchanted. The home was yours before but the new owner won’t be interested in your personal touches.

7. Increase the feeling of space: Make sure that the colour scheme and the furniture in your home increase the feeling of space. The potential buyer should find your home more spacious that it actually is. Get your carpets professionally cleaned by a Wellington carpet cleaning company and the look of space in your home will instantly improve.

8. Improve your lighting: The lighting scheme in your home significantly impacts on its ambience and consequently its value.

If you are preparing an open home and need the services of expert carpet and upholstery cleaners in Wellington or Kapiti then contact Maxi Carpet Services. Visit their website for a free quote and help to get your home ready to sell at  www.maxicarpetservices.co.nz.

Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Home

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Research suggests that the level of many pollutants inside your home are at least twice that of the amount of pollutants outside. Considering the fact that you spend a significant portion of your time indoors, this constitutes a significant health concern as the carpets and upholstery in your home can actually trigger significant health issues.

Carpets and upholstery can store a lot of pollutants and become a breeding ground for insects and other organisims. If you have recently moved into a new home, or want to update the look of your existing Wellington home, there are many professional carpet and upholstery cleaning service providers the Wellington area. Here are some of the advantages of getting your carpets and upholstery cleaned by professionals.

1. Remove trapped pollutants: While pollutants cause significant health hazards, allergens and microorganisms are also responsible for a large number of ailments. When properly cleaned, the carpets and upholstery in your home are sanitized and trapped spores are removed, reducing complaints such as asthma and allergies.

2. Improve the quality of air: When pollutants are stored inside carpet or upholstery, respiration becomes difficult and allergens can enter your nostrils and potentially cause dangerous infections.

If you have pets you may be more susceptible to allergies from pet hair sticking to the carpets and furniture as some pet hair still lingers after vacuuming. However, people suffering from asthma or other allergies find air quality is greatly improved after the carpets in their homes have been professionally cleaned.

3. Reduce chance of infection caused by dust mites: Dust mites dwell in unclean carpets or upholstery and leave behind their body remnants and faeces which attract bacteria. When cleaned professionally and properly, carpets and upholstery won’t harbour dust mites anymore. Hire upholstery cleaning today.

4. Stop mould from growing: Mould starts growing from unclean carpets, particularly when the home is humid. Even in dry places, unclean carpets can catch moisture and develop mould spores. When carpets are professionally cleaned, these moulds are removed and any future growth is stopped.

5. Save time: If you are busy working and raising a family it can be time consuming and hard work to try to clean carpets and upholstery yourself. If you decide to clean your own carpets you have to hire all the equipment and solutions and move heavy furniture to make sure all the carpet area is thoroughly cleaned. Employing the services of professional carpet cleaners in Wellington is affordable and saves you time and effort.

6. Prolong the life of carpets and upholstery: Last but not the least, cleaning your carpets and upholstery regularly saves you money by lengthening the life of your furniture and carpets. If you love your furniture and are thinking of sprucing it up, then a professional upholstery clean will make it look like new – for a fraction of the cost of brand new furniture.

If you are concerned about unclean carpets or upholstery in your Wellington home, contact Maxi Carpet Services for a free professional cleaning quote. Just visit the website, www.maxicarpetservices.co.nz, to find out more about the environmentally friendly cleaning methods they use to clean carpets throughout Wellington and Kapiti.

Affordable Interior Design Tips

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If you have been in your home for a number of years you may be getting itchy feet and feel like you need a change of scenery. But what if you love the area you live in and you don’t really want the hassle of moving? Well, there are some easy and affordable ways to improve the look and feel of your home, so why not get started today!

Do some painting

One of the simplest and most affordable ways to update the look of your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint. It will make your rooms look cleaner and more vibrant, and can transform the look of your whole home. Painting with neutral tones and white colours can make the space seem bigger and more spacious.

Why not look at some magazines or websites for inspiration and try out some paint samples in different areas of your home. Once your room has been painted you may find that some pieces of furniture don’t fit in with your new colour scheme. This gives you the chance to declutter your home, making it seem fresher as well.

Let in the light

Letting more natural light into a room not only makes it look more spacious, but also makes the room more comfortable and enjoyable to be in. Avoid heavy, dark curtains or furnishings that make the space feel dark and claustrophobic. If you don’t have the opportunity for natural light to enter your room from windows, consider installing a skylight.

Increasing the natural light in a room is not only environmentally friendly and energy saving, but it can also boost your mood. Studies show that people who are exposed to more natural light throughout the day have better sleep and reduced stress levels.

Bring the outdoors indoors

Indoor plants and flowers create a fresh look and feel in your home. They look and smell good and give a quick, instant boost to your mood.

Keep your carpets and upholstery looking fresh

An area of the home that is often overlooked is the carpet. Regular vacuuming and spot cleaning of your carpets can prolong their life, but to keep them looking like new regular, professional carpet cleaning is a must. Typically, there are three different carpet cleaning methods that professionals use. These are steam carpet cleaning, dry-extraction and foam extraction cleaning.

Maxi Carpet Services are one of the professional carpet cleaning companies in Wellington. Their professional technicians will make your carpets look as good as new for an affordable price. The type of carpet cleaning you will need depends on the make and condition of your carpet and how deep and stubborn the stains are. Carpet cleaning not only enhances the appearance of your carpet but will get rid of any health hazards such as dirt and mould.

If your home is in the Greater Wellington area and you need the services of a professional carpet cleaning company visit the Maxi Carpet Services website at www.maxicarpetservices.co.nz, for a free quote!

Minimise Flood Damage in Your Wellington Home

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When flooding occurs in your Wellington home or commercial property, it is important to clean and dry your carpets and upholstery immediately if possible, and certainly within 24 hours to prevent mould growing. Water damaged carpets and upholstered furniture that has soaked up flood waters can harbour mould and bacteria that not only smells bad but can damage your health. Without professional carpet cleaning and restoration after a flood or leak, you may be forced to replace the carpets and furniture (which can be pretty expensive) as the mould may be impossible to remove completely.

The Wellington region has a changeable climate and Wellington City in particular suffers from pretty unsettled weather. The city is subject to extremely high wind velocities. Hawkins Hill in Wellington City currently holds the North Island record for the highest wind velocity, recording a speed of 249 kph in 1962.

Annual rainfall is also above the New Zealand average with Wellington City receiving an average of 1,300 millimetres of rain a year. The unpredictable weather patterns and higher than average rainfall means Wellington often experiences heavy or torrential rain and storms. If too much rain falls in a short time, rivers, creeks, streams and stormwater systems can’t cope, which results in flooding.

According to the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, floods have been – and continue to be – New Zealand’s greatest hazard, particularly in terms of frequency and continuing losses. About two-thirds of New Zealand’s population lives in areas prone to flooding, such as Wellington.

The floods that were experienced in Wellington and other areas of North Island in 2015 are a clear testimony to the flood hazard that New Zealanders face. According to a report by World Meteorological Organization, the Wellington area received 128mm of rain in 24 hours, contributing to the worst regional flooding in living memory.

Experience suggests that flooding in the Wellington region is going to happen again and again, and while you have little control over the cause, you do have the ability to reduce and control the effects of flooding in your Wellington home or business.

Following flood damage in your home or at your business premises in Wellington, it is important that you take proactive steps to return the affected property to its pre-incident condition as quickly as possible and try to minimise secondary damage.

The first thing you should do during a flood is to give a professional carpet cleaning company in Wellington a call so they can get an emergency crew over to your home as soon as possible. Wellington based carpet and upholstery cleaning experts have the right training and equipment to pump out overflow and excess water to mitigate water damage during a flood.

Water damage to your carpets and upholstered furniture can be hazardous to your and your family’s health. When treated quickly and professionally, carpet damage is minimised and restoration or repair costs reduced. Cleaning your flood damaged carpets with a microban solution and other advanced techniques, such as steam carpet cleaning, helps prevent mould and mildew forming.

Providers of emergency steam carpet cleaning in Wellington are professionally trained and have the latest state-of-the-art machinery to deal with water damage promptly. They can help you with all aspects of wet carpet repair and carpet water damage restoration, including: moving furniture away from water damaged carpets, carpet water extraction, carpet drying, antibacterial treatment or decontamination, as well as insurance reports.

Maxi Carpet Services Offers 24/7 Flood Restoration Services Throughout Wellington

Maxi Carpet Services are the leading flood restoration service in Wellington, and offer a 24-hour callout service in the region. It’s vital that you act as quickly as you can when dealing with water damage. When you contact the team at Maxi Carpet Services, their emergency carpet cleaning crews in Wellington will respond within minutes of your call to have your carpets and upholstery dried, restretched and relaid.

These carpet cleaning professionals are available 24/7 for furniture cleaning, carpet stain removal, carpet repairs, carpet restoration, carpet cleaning and steam carpet cleaning services throughout the Greater Wellington region. Visit the Maxi Carpet Services website to find out how their professional carpet cleaning team can save your carpets and upholstery from long-term water damage.