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Pet Owners: Keep Your Carpets Looking New

boys with dog on carpet choosing right pet-friendly floorIt IS possible to have pets and nice carpeting in the same house. (Really!) We’re not going to lie to you, though: it can feel like a losing battle with your cat or dog—unless you take these tips to heart.

Start at the door.

It’s the first line of defense against dirt, mud, gravel, and water: install hard floors (i.e. tile, laminate, vinyl) and mats by all your doors. Train your dog or cat to “pawse” before they come in so you can clean off their paws.

Keep their nails away from your carpet.

It’s a natural instinct for our feline friends that can do a lot of damage to our carpet: the urge to scratch. Buy a scratching pad to deter your cat or kitten from using your carpets to satisfy their instinct. Encourage them to use it with cat nip and some gentle prodding. You can also clip their nails to prevent damage or purchase nail guards which keep your carpet and their sharp nails a safe distance away from each other.

Dogs aren’t immune to this problem either; long nails can be damaging to their health and your carpet. Make sure you regularly trim their nails or take them to local groomer to keep their nails low and your carpet damage-free.

Restrict their access to your carpets.

If you have a puppy or dog that loooooves to chew or is still in the middle of house training, you can also consider keeping them off your carpets when you are not around (and monitor them closely when you are). Use crate training or pet gates to keep your canine away from your carpet until they can be trusted on your carpet.

Research your carpet cleaning products.

Unfortunately, it’s inevitable that your favorite furry friend is going to leave their mark on your carpet (they’ve already left their mark on your heart, right?). Your natural urge is to grab the cheapest can of spot remover to do the job. Resist the urge! Instead, talk to the experts about a carpet cleaner that doesn’t void your warranty or affect your pet’s health when they relax on your carpeting. When you find the perfect cleaner, don’t scrub the spot. Too much elbow grease can actually damage the fiber in your carpet. Instead, don’t soak the carpet with cleaner and scrub in gentle circles so the stain is a distant memory.

Carpet clean regularly.

A bi-annual or annual carpet deep clean can do wonders for how your carpet looks. It can also help you avoid any warranty issues and remove allergens and any residual odors (such as the smell of urine that could make your pet a repeat offender). Schedule a professional carpet clean, which can give your carpet a deep clean that’ll make your guests wonder if your pet still lives there.

5 Tips that Keep Your Carpet Clean (& Looking Great)

Young happy smiling woman lying with laptop on clean carpetSome days it seems like your family, pets, and dirty work boots are conspiring against you and your carpets.  Between the dirty foot prints and carpet stains, your carpets take a real beating from the daily traffic—and it can seem almost impossible to keep your carpets clean.  We’ve seen a lot of carpets installed in high traffic areas, and we’re here to tell you it is possible. Don’t lose hope—especially if you use these tips to keep your carpets clean and looking great.

Choose the right carpet for your space.

The most beautiful carpet you see at the flooring store may not be made to handle the kind of traffic you need. Use these tips to select the right carpet for high traffic areas (main home rooms, frequented areas, rooms where you keep your pets, kid spaces, etc.).  When you buy carpet, consider how much traffic the carpet gets, what kind of traffic (pets, kids, etc.), the chance for spills, and maintenance needed. Don’t hesitate to ask the experts—the staff members at the flooring store who help homeowners, families, and even business owners choose the right flooring. They’ve seen what carpet works at other homes in the same kind of spaces.

Choose your vacuum carefully—and use it regularly.

You’ve seen all the commercials about the super powerful vacuums.  Believe it or not, some vacuums are so powerful they can damage the fibers in your carpet. Determine what vacuum cleaner is right for you (here are tips for choosing the right vacuum), and for your carpet. Use your new vacuum at least once a week to keep your carpet clean.

Place rugs in all the right places, especially the door.

Stop carpet stains and residue at the door.  Use mats in your mudroom and at your exterior doors to keep dirt, water, and grime off your carpet.  In high traffic areas, such as a hallway, put down area rugs to protect your new flooring.

Clean carpet stains ASAP.

When you find a carpet stain, don’t wait.  Clean the stain promptly, and be careful not to scrub the stain too hard.  Too much elbow grease can damage carpet fibers, so it’s best to blot at your carpet with a moist cloth to remove the spill AND keep your carpet looking new.

Schedule an annual carpet cleaning.

Give your carpets a deep clean.  Not only does it help members of your family with allergies, a good professional carpet cleaning keeps your carpet looking new—a professional carpet cleaning.  Rented carpet cleaners may look like they do the job, but in reality those carpet cleaners can’t deliver the same kind of deep, thorough clean. Want to keep your carpet clean and looking great? Trust the carpet cleaning pros (and enjoy the results!).

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.

6 Reasons to Put Carpet Cleaning at the Top of your Spring Cleaning List

happy woman with outstretched arms standing in spring fieldIt’s spring! SPRING! Time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful weather, and tackle your spring cleaning checklist. While the last reason may not be the most fun, spring is an ideal time to put on your gloves, open the windows, and get all the winter grime out of your house and yard.

What should be at the top of your list? We’d suggest a professional carpet cleaning—and not just because we offer fast, professional carpet cleaning services. Here’s why we would argue that carpet cleaning should be number one on your spring cleaning checklist:

  1. The kids aren’t around all day yet. Spring is an ideal time to move all your furniture out of the room you need carpet cleaned, and move it back in before they have to go to bed.
  2. Get rid of the spring mud. The spring thaw also brings out the spring mud. Carpet cleaning is an ideal way to rid your carpets of the mud and prepare for summer.
  3. You can do fun things this summer without worrying about carpet cleaning.
  4. Warmer temperatures mean you can open the windows.
  5. Say good-bye to pet stains. Did you just get done potty training your puppy? Or just want those pet stains gone? A good spring carpet cleaning rids your home of those winter pet stains—and the odors that come along with them.
  6. Spring carpet cleaning means cleaner air—and less indoor allergy sneezing and wheezing.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

spring cleaning gloves and cleanerOnce you’re done with carpet cleaning, what else should be on your spring cleaning checklist? Here’s a complete spring cleaning checklist to tackle now that spring is here.

  • Call Y’s Way for professional carpet and floor cleaning.
  • Clean the inside and under your appliances.
  • Remove spider webs.
  • Wash window.
  • Dust ceiling fans and wash light fixture coverings.
  • Clean blinds and curtains.
  • Clean the top of cabinets.
  • Clean tile grout in your shower, on your floor or on your countertops.
  • Powerwash the exterior of your house.
  • Clean heating and air conditioning vent cleaning.
  • Wash comforters and quilts.
  • Clean fireplace stone/tile and mantle.
  • Clean sliding door tracks.
  • Scrub down showers.
  • Dust inside of cabinets.

5 Projects to Tackle AFTER Your Kids Head Back to School

back to school home projectsYes, it’s that time of year again. Back to school shopping is complete, and the kids are ready to head out the door. Your mudroom is full of backpacks, loads of fall sports equipment, and all the cool weather gear that comes with your kids back in school. It’s official. Your kids are headed back to school. What do you do now? And how do you get your house to stop looking like a tornado hit it (or like your kids lived in it all summer)?

We’ve got five suggestions to start with, and to get your house back in shape after a summer of fun:

  1. Carpet cleaning. We’re not talking about those rental carpet cleaning units. We’re talking about a real, professional deep clean that revives your flooring and removes allergens from your carpet. With winter coming in a few months, this is an ideal time to rid your home of those allergens before you are trapped inside for the whole winter. And because the kids are out of the house all day, fall is an ideal time to move all your furniture out of the room you need carpet cleaned, and move it back in before they have to go to bed.
  2. Organizing your mudroom. You’re ready for the onslaught of school stuff, but is your mudroom? Could your morning routine be smoother if all that gear was more organized? Would a well-organized mudroom solve some of your storage issues? Use our blog post to plan and arrange your mudroom for maximum efficiency.
  3. Duct cleaning before winter. On average, people spend about 90% of their time indoors…and breathe in dirty air full of dirt, dust, mold, pollen and other gross particles. Before you’re enjoying time inside this winter, improve your air quality by getting your air ducts cleaned. This can be especially true for households with asthma, allergy, pets or smokers.
  4. Refinishing your wood floors. If you refinish your floors, or have your wood floors refinished, while the kids are in school, you don’t have to worry about finding a way to entertain them (at least not for the majority of the time). You can also let the floor dry without fear of little feet or hands getting messy…and you get a beautiful, protected floor out of the deal.
  5. Cleaning your wood, vinyl, tile and laminate floors. It’s also easier to clean your hard floors when there is not a pet around. Nothing interrupts a floor cleaning than a kid wiping out on a wet floor or a pet running through at mach speed. If you need any tips on how to tackle cleaning those hard floors in our recent blog post.

If you need any tips for cleaning your floors, want to schedule a carpet cleaning appointment (or wood refinishing appointment) or need information for replacing worn floors, contact Y’s Way. We’ll help ready your home for the cool weather and all that school gear, and make it look like your kids didn’t spend a crazy summer in your house.

6 Ways to Keep Your Carpet Looking New


Soft, comfy to the feet, beautiful, “like walking on air.” Those are the words commonly used to describe new carpet, along with lots of oohs and ahs. So why shouldn’t those terms come to mind years later when you see that carpet? The truth is, a lot of carpets start to look, well, worn. Stained. Dirty. So how do you keep that brand-new carpet looking just like the first day you saw it?

    1. Choose the right carpet for your space. Don’t just buy the first carpet you see. Think about how much traffic the carpet gets, what kind of traffic (pets, kids, etc.), chance of spills and maintenance needed. Determine your budget, and ask the experts. Some kinds of carpet are made specifically for homes that have pets or for high-traffic areas.

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  • Stop dirt at the door. Use mats in your mudroom and at your exit doors to stem the flow of dust, water, mud and other dirt tracked into your house.
  • Buy a vacuum that won’t damage your carpet, and vacuum regularly. All vacuums are created equal and won’t damage carpet, will it? Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Some vacuums are so powerful they can damage the fibers in your carpet. Use our post to determine what vacuum cleaner is right for you, and for your carpet. Once you’ve chosen the right vacuum cleaner, use it once a week to keep your carpet looking like new.
  • Know the right way to clean up spots. When you find a spot, clean it up as soon as possible—the sooner the better. And do you apply some serious elbow grease into scrubbing those pet stains, spilled juice or muddy footprints? You may be damaging your carpet fibers. Next time you need to clean up carpet stains, blot at your carpet with a moist cloth to remove the spill.
  • Use area rugs. In high-traffic areas, use area rugs to take the strain off your carpet. For example, if the area is a common walkway (or runway in the case of children), put down a runner. Vacuum the rugs often to make sure the dirt stays on the rugs.
  • Carpet clean. We’re not talking about renting one of those cheap store brands. Give your carpets a real, professional clean twice a year, or at least annually. Make an appointment via email or by Facebook to give your carpets a deep clean, and to keep them clean—and looking new.

 

Home Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank

living roomWe’ll never forget our recent conversation with a woman who informed us that it took 37 years to get her home just the way she wanted, and now she was done. We were dumfounded, but she’s right; unless you take on a full home renovation down to the studs, customizing your home to your needs and taste happens slowly, home improvement project by home improvement project. Even with a full renovation, there are always upgrades that need to be done to update your home over the life of your home.

If you’re like most people, you’re also updating your home on a budget and continually looking for home upgrades that won’t break the bank. Or your need for home upgrades is based on a pet, kids or, well, life.

  1. tile flooringTile flooring. Tile flooring, such as porcelain, ceramic or slate, is a DIY project or low-cost home project if you want to hire the pros. It’s also incredibly durable, water-resistant and can be installed over radiant flooring (which is incredibly nice during our cold Wisconsin winters). Because it is water, odor and mildew resistant, porcelain tile flooring is ideal for laundry rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. It also comes in a variety of colors and updated looks, giving you a beautiful, updated look—among other benefits of tile flooring that we’ve written about.
  2. Refinishing floors. Give those old, hardwood floors a whole new life without having to pay for new, hardwood floors. We’ve written about the advantages of wood floors in your home before: wood floors are durable, long-lasting, easy to clean and capable of being refinished many times over the life of your floor. They’re also stunning, and can be refinished in any color you choose.
  3. Carpet cleaning. If you’re giving your wood floors a new lease on life, why not grace your carpets with the same? Carpet cleaners can get out the biggest of stains and remove allergens. To be clear: we’re not talking about those rent-a-cleaners. Contact a professional carpet cleaner. Professional carpet cleaners can give you a better bang for your buck just by giving your carpets a deep (with an emphasis on deep) clean that makes them look new again.
  4. backsplash tilesKitchen backsplash. A kitchen backsplash can make your kitchen look finished without having to remortgage your home. The other advantage of a kitchen backsplash is huge amount of options: subway tiles, mosaics, combinations of metal and tile, glass backsplash tiles—the list of backsplash tile options can go on and on.
  5. New countertops. There are so many options for updated, budget-friendly countertops on the market today. Everyone’s idea of the definition of “budget-friendly” is different, but a little bit of research can go a long way. High-definition laminate countertops give your kitchen the look of stone without the price—and with less maintenance and solid durability. Stone options, such as granite, that fit within your budget and give you a high-end look. Wood countertops that give your kitchen a rich or rustic look, and a unique appearance that you don’t see everywhere.
  6. carpet remnantsCarpet remnants. If you look in the Y’s Way Flooring dictionary (okay, we’re making this book up), a carpet remnant is defined as, “a section of carpet leftover and available for sale at a discounted price, perfect for smaller rooms such as hallways, offices, bedrooms and basements.” That definition says it all, and makes sense for a small room that needs new flooring. Ask about the carpet remnants at a Y’s Way Flooring, and know that the supply is limited—carpet remnants are sections that are left over so what you see is what you get, but the supply is changing regularly.
  7. Curtains and window coverings. Outdated curtains and window coverings are one of the easiest home improvement projects that can give your room a whole new look. Even renters can update curtains and window coverings since they are home project that won’t endanger their security deposit. In addition to aesthetics, curtains and window coverings also have other advantages and require far more thought and measuring than the average homeowner gives them. If you need assistance with choosing curtains and window coverings for your home, consult the professionals for their recommendations.
  8. Light fixtures. For us, it was the ugly glass ball light fixture over our kitchen sink. That outdated fixture had to go. And once it was, our kitchen took on a whole new, updated look. Light fixtures are a home upgrade that won’t break the bank, especially if you do your homework and look for deals.

Don’t feel you need to upgrade your home alone. Stop in at a Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown, Oconomowoc or Lake Mills to look at carpet remnants, tile options and to ask their professionals questions. Or schedule a carpet cleaning appointment or ask questions about your next home project via Facebook or email. Whatever your home upgrade is, we’re here to help as long as you’re working on your home—even if it’s for 37 years like the woman we talked with.

Common Home Cleaning Mistakes

clean floorsWe can hear the exasperated, “It’s just cleaning my house. How hard can it be?” As simple as cleaning may be, it’s easy to make these common home cleaning mistakes. We understand. We’ve, ahem, even made some of these mistakes ourselves…and we’ve certainly seen the effects of common home cleaning mistakes. There’s the customer who used a steam cleaner to clean her wood floors and was left with water damage. The carpeting that doesn’t need carpet cleaning, it needs fibers back because of an overambitious vacuum cleaner. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of common home cleaning mistakes, so you can learn from some of the most frequent errors made in the name of cleanliness:

  1. Scrubbing carpet stains. Do you apply some serious elbow grease into scrubbing those pet stains, spilled juice or muddy footprints? You may be damaging your carpet fibers. Next time you need to clean up carpet stains, blot at your carpet with a moist cloth to remove the spill.
  2. Mopping (or steam cleaning) your wood floor with water. Repeat after us: water and wood do not mix. Sitting water is the enemy for wood floors, causing water damage and warped floor boards. To clean your floors, use a cleaner and soft dust mop to clean up spills and give your floors a new shine. Please don’t use a steam cleaner on your floors. If you want to know why, read our recent post on steam cleaners and wood floors.
  3. (Sort of ) deep cleaning your carpets. It’s so tempting to rent a cleaner and declare your carpets clean. Unfortunately, very few rent-a-cleaners can get your carpets as clean as a professional carpet cleaning.
  4. Being unintentionally abrasive. Is that sponge the right tool for your cleaning? What effect will that cleaner have on the tile you’re cleaning? Don’t go into a cleaning job without knowing if you are going to damage that flooring, countertop, table or other surface you’re cleaning.
  5. Using a vacuum cleaner that damages your new carpet. Today’s vacuum cleaners are all about increasing suction, and that’s not always a good thing. Are you unintentionally damaging your carpet with a vacuum cleaner with too much suction—and voiding your warranty? Read our blog post to make sure you’re not making this common cleaning mistake, and getting yourself into hot water with your carpet manufacturer in the process.

If you don’t know how to clean your new flooring, or your new-to-you-flooring, don’t be afraid to ask. Send us a message or post on our Facebook page, send us an email, give us a call or stop in at a Y’s Way Flooring in Watertown, Oconomowoc or Lake Mills. We can help you clean your floor—without causing damage or making an unintentional common cleaning mistake.

5 Home Projects You Can Get Done in a Weekend

kitchen backsplashWe don’t think we’re overreaching with this title. Believe it or not, there are home projects you can get done in a weekend—and from start to finish, so get those pictures of torn apart, half-finished rooms out of your head. Then take a deep breath and start weighing your options. Which project makes the most sense for your home? Which home project is top priority? Don’t know where to start? Here’s five suggestions to help you decide which weekend home project should be at the top of your list:

  1. Backsplash. A backsplash is one of the most budget-friendly and economical ways to update your kitchen without a major kitchen remodel. With a million different options, it’s easy to choose a backsplash tile that matches your countertops and flooring. A backsplash is also an easy weekend home project that doesn’t require too many tools. For complete instructions, check out this article we found on the subject. Or, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle, contact us about a professional backsplash installation.
  2. Bathroom remodel. Time to get rid of the pink tiles? Visit Y’s Way Flooring to see the latest styles of bathroom tiles and find out what other Wisconsin homeowners have done. If you’re on a budget and have a small bathroom to remodel, ask about ‘leftover’ tile that you can get for a cheaper price.
  3. New floor. Has your bathroom flooring seen better days? Was it a mistake to put carpet under your dining room table? Is your kitchen flooring a retro embarrassment? Check out new vinyl plank flooring which has the look of wood or stone, is water and stain resistant, and is easy to install yourself. If you’re not handy, turn your home project over to the professionals. With just one call, you could have new flooring by the time you get home from work. For other flooring options, come see wood flooring options, tile and carpet options that give your room a whole new look.
  4. Clear out a room for carpet cleaning. Okay, so this isn’t technically a remodeling project, but it is the key to giving a room new life. If you have carpeting that saw better days before your kids or pets started tracking through, give the carpet a new lease on life with a professional carpet clean. We’re not talking about those cheap carpet cleaners you rent at your local store, but a real professional carpet cleaner that can get rid of deep stains while using green cleaners. If you message us on Facebook, you can even coordinate your carpet cleaning project so you can clean out the room over the weekend and we can come Monday morning.
  5. Tile your front steps. We’ve written about the fantastic properties of porcelain tile before, but one of the most eye-catching is the ability to use porcelain tile outside. Easy to install with the proper equipment, porcelain tile can make a back patio or front step a show stopper. Best yet, there’s a million different color options of porcelain tile, so you can match your porcelain tile choice with the exterior of your home and dress up your exterior with earth tones or grey tiles.

If you need any help with preparing for your weekend home projects, want to see your options or are interested in carpet cleaning, contact us online or send us a message on our Facebook page. We can’t help tear out walls, but we can help with information on your options or with scheduling a professional to tackle those weekend home projects so you don’t have to.

5 Reasons Spring is Carpet Cleaning Time

carpet cleaningThere are many reasons Wisconsinites rejoice when spring comes. There’s the warmer temperatures, outside activities, summer blooms, sun…the list could go on and on. There’s also the spring cleaning, which includes window washing, cleaning quilts and carpet cleaning (for a list of other spring cleaning tasks, read our recent post). Yes, you read that last item right. Spring is an ideal time to rid your carpets of all the winter grime and spring mud. Why? Here are 5 reasons spring is and ideal carpet cleaning time:

  1. The kids aren’t around all day yet. Spring is an ideal time to move all your furniture out of the room you need carpet cleaned, and move it back in before they have to go to bed. Summer carpet cleaning is a bit more logistically challenging because now you have to move the furniture and worry about occupying them (though there are solutions to this challenge too!).
  2. Get rid of the spring mud. Yes, the spring thaw also brings out the spring mud. Carpet cleaning is an ideal way to rid your carpets of the mud and prepare for summer.
  3. You can do fun things this summer without worrying about carpet cleaning. Prompt spring carpet cleaning means one less thing to worry about later.
  4. Warmer temperatures mean you can open the windows during carpet cleaning. It’s a very nice advantage of the warmer spring temperatures.
  5. Say good-bye to pet stains. Did you just get done potty training your puppy? Or do you just want those pet stains gone? A good spring carpet cleaning can rid your home of those winter pet stains.

If you want a deep carpet clean with green carpet cleaners, call Y’s Way Flooring. A professional carpet cleaner can remove more stains than renting a carpet cleaner yourself, and has more expertise and carpet cleaning experience.