Monthly Archives: April 2016

6 Summer Home Projects That Dress Up Your Home

summer home project front stairs with tileIt doesn’t take much to spruce up your home and look like new—and those small touches often don’t cost that much.  Summer is the perfect time to make those little touches through summer home projects; with everyone out and about and frequent summer barbecues, your home projects are sure to be noticed by your guests—while you enjoy them in between your summer parties.

Start with your front door

Your home doesn’t have to be on the real estate market to add curb appeal.  Start with your porch or front steps.  Add decorative touches like planters, decorative sculptures, slate or porcelain tiles, and rocking chairs to your front step or porch, and landscape your flower beds and bushes.  If you want to be really daring, paint your front door a complementary color.  Summer is the time to do it, because it’s easy for the paint to dry during the nice weather.

Spruce up your patio

If you want to turn your outdoor patio into an oasis, dress up your patio with a water feature, furniture and tiles.  Yes, you read that last item right: tiles.  Porcelain tiles can be installed outdoors to dress up your patio, and comes in a variety of colors and styles that can make your next barbecue a show stopper.

Get creative with your planting

Pinterest is full of ideas for unique summer planters that you can fill with flowers, vegetables, and herbs.  Vertical planters, antiques, crates, watering cans, wheelbarrows, wagons…the options are limitless for creative planting ideas that’ll add extra curb appeal to your home, give you fresh herbs and vegetables, and make all your friends comment.

Deep clean your carpets

Carpet cleaning may not be the sexiest home project, but it can make your old carpets look like new—and summer is the perfect time to do it.  Scheduling a summer carpet cleaning has a few perks: you can leave the windows open during the cleaning, schedule the carpet cleaning before you go on vacation, and you can move your furniture out to the garage during the carpet cleaning (if needed).

Re-stain your deck

summer project kitchen with backsplashPower wash and re-stain your deck for a new look, and to ensure many years of grill outs and fun.  Re-staining and sealing extends the life of your deck, prevents splintering, and gives your deck a new life.

Upgrade your kitchen

For a finished look, add a beautiful backsplash to your kitchen.  If you need ideas for your backsplash, head into your local tile store to see the tiles in person.  If you want to spend more time outside this summer, hire an experienced tile expert to install your backsplash.  Installing a backsplash doesn’t take very long, but the look’ll dress up your kitchen for a whole new look.

Water in my basement! 10 Steps to a Dry Basement

flooded houseA flooded basement is the last thing any homeowners expect to see, but it does happen—and usually at the most inconvenient time.  When you do find a basement full of water, it’s hard to know what to do through the rising panic.  That’s why we’ve laid out the 10 steps you need to take back your basement, and turn it back into a usable space again.

  1. Don’t walk into the water! You could get electrocuted. Cut the power to your house or contact your utility company BEFORE heading into the water.
  2. Contact your insurance agent. Take pictures of the flooding and damage as you dry your basement out.  Ask your insurance company if they want to send out a representative to view the flooding.  Save all receipts related to the flooding and clean-up.
  3. Pump the water out. Be careful! Don’t plug in your shop vacuum into a downstairs outlet when you have standing water.  Use an extension cord or a generator (that is kept outside the basement) to power your shop vacuum. If you don’t have time to pump the water out, contact an experienced professional from Y’s Way Flooring to remove the water from your basement.
  4. Start drying your basement out. Make sure you have the ‘all clear’ from your power company before you turn the electric back on so you can plug in dehumidifiers and fans.
  5. Have the furnace inspected. Before you turn your furnace back on, contact a professional HVAC technician to check your furnace to make sure it’s safe and functional.
  6. Start sifting through your wet items. Throw away any irreparably damaged items. Do not keep any mechanical or electrical items.  Move wet furniture to a dry place with fans that can dry it out.
  7. Find the source. You don’t want to start storing items or putting up new drywall until you have identified and repaired the source of the flooding.
  8. Be patient. Don’t rush to rebuild your basement until you are sure that the flooring and walls are completely clear of moisture. If your basement is finished, the drywall and insulation needs to be sanitized or replaced to avoid mold growth.
  9. Remove and replace. Remove the drywall and wet insulation with masks and repair the damage, or contact a professional that can. If the damage is too severe, replace the drywall and insulation or get a quote for a contractor.
  10. Start shopping for new flooring (if needed). If your basement flooring needs to be replaced from the flooding, use our recent post to select the right flooring for your basement. There are floors that shouldn’t be installed over a concrete slab (here’s why). For any questions about your basement flooring options, contact the experts via email or message Y’s Way on their Facebook page. Their experts can help you select the right flooring for your basement—hopefully flooring that won’t see water anytime soon.

20 of our Favorite Floor Spring Cleaning Tips

living room carpet after spring floor cleaningWhen you’re tackling spring cleaning, don’t just look up at your dusty curtains or streaked windows.  Look down; winter and the spring mud can be particularly hard on your floors.

Preventative

  1. Train your pets to stop at the door so you can clean off paws before they come in.
  2. Put down rugs by all doors.
  3. Try to clean water spills off your wood floors as soon as possible (they could damage your floors).
  4. Sweep you floors daily to get rid of the gravel and small stones that get tracked in.
  5. Ask your guests to take off their shoes or, at the very least, wipe their shoes off on your rugs before they come in.
  6. Add felt pads to all your chairs and furniture (including folding chairs) to avoid scratches.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask your local flooring experts about cleaners BEFORE you mop your floors; they can give you a list of approved cleaners so you don’t void the warranty.

Carpet

  1. Buy a vacuum that won’t damage your carpet.
  2. Vacuum before you carpet clean your floors.
  3. Test a spot on your carpet that is not visible (i.e. under a chair) to make sure your cleaner doesn’t discolor your carpet.
  4. Blot stains, don’t scrub. Don’t twist your carpet fibers when you clean up carpet stains.
  5. Schedule a professional deep carpet cleaning to get all the salt and snow out of your carpets.

Wood Floors

  1. Don’t use water to clean your wood floors, as it may damage the wood.
  2. Be VERY careful when using a steam cleaner on your wood floors, or don’t use one at all (this could affect the warranty on your floor).
  3. Only use approved cleaners on your wood floors for a deep spring cleaning.

Tile

  1. Scrub your grout with an approved cleaner.
  2. Mop your tile floor regularly.

Laminate

  1. Do not use water to clean your floors (standing water can damage laminate floors).
  2. Use a soft padded mop and approved cleaner to give your floors a deep spring cleaning.
  3. Don’t use a steam cleaner on your laminate floors (this could affect the warranty on your floor).

Have any questions about deep spring cleaning? Contact us via email or on our Facebook page.  We can help you get your spring cleaning done (at least your floors!).