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DIY home projects

DIY Home Projects

Let's think spring, it will be here soon!

Here are a few DIY home projects while you're stuck at home - from cleaning to mini and half-day projects.

Rotate mattress and blankets

If possible, turn over your mattress to distribute wear evenly. Replace heavy winter bedding with cool-weather bedding. 

Clean pillows

Some pillows can be washed in the washing machine. Just follow the product's care label. Most pillows can be hand washed to rid them of mold, bacteria and odors. Fill the sink or with very hot water. The hotter the water, the better to kill dust mites without bleach or other harsh chemicals. Add a mild low-suds detergent like Woolite, add the pillow then agitate. Rinse several times until suds are gone. With a white terry cloth towel, press excess water out of the pillow. Never wring or twist! Place the pillow in the dryer on the air-dry setting with a few tennis balls to help fluff. You can also hang to dry outside and fluff by hand.

Wipe walls and ceilings

Remove dust with a vacuum. Use a solvent-free degreaser to tackle stubborn surface grime. Some well-known brands are Mrs. Meyer's, JR Watkins, ECOS, Seventh Generation and Method Home. You can find these natural & eco-friendly cleaning products at large retailers, natural grocery stores or online. 

Dusting 

Always dust from the top of a room down. Vacuum the dust that settles on the floor last. To reach into tight spots and hard-to-reach places like ceiling fans and window casings, use the dust-brush or crevice tool on a vacuum. Remove everything from shelves and brush shelves, books and knickknacks with a feather duster. Wipe down collectibles and books with a clean and dry soft cloth.

Replace winter clothing with summer clothing 

Wash or dry-clean before storing winter clothes. Store in a zippered sweater or blanket bag. 

Donate apparel you no longer use

Donate your old clothing to your local church, homeless shelter, Salvation Army, etc. They'll sell your items cheap or deliver them to a shelter for those in need. Some charities may even send a truck to pick up your donation.

Deep clean carpet and rugs 

This isn't really one of your DIY home projects. Carpets and rugs should be professionally deep-cleaned with hot-water extraction yearly. We collect area rugs without backings, including Orientals, to be cleaned on-site. DO NOT use spotters from the grocery store or hardware store on any carpet or area rugs. They can leave sticky residues that attract dirt and cause fading. We carry a spotting product that does a great job and isn’t harmful to your carpet. Purchase once for $24.99 and receive free refills for life!

Deep clean hardsurface floors

Tile: Use a pH neutral cleaner like Mr. Clean. It doesn't leave a build-up or film and its low acidity. Add a 50/50 Mr. Clean and water solution in a spray bottle. Spray the tile and grout and allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Agitate with a soft scrub brush. A toothbrush is good for the grout. Rinse with hot water.

Vinyl: Wet cleaning periodically is necessary to maintain the floor’s appearance. Always pre-vacuum (without beater bars) or dust mop before any wet cleaning. We recommend appropriate neutral pH cleaning agents. Don’t use any abrasive cleaners as it will leave a dull residue on the surface of the floor. Also, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions for the application of damp mopping. If rinsing is needed, use clean water and expedite drying with fans. Getting on your hands and knees with a tennis ball and elbow grease is best for scuffs.

Hardwood: NEVER dump solution from a bucket on floor or wet mop! Use a spray bottle with a shammy after the floor has been vacuumed (without beater bars). Professional cleaning once a year to extract dirt and grime in the cracks and crevices of the wood grain is a good idea to remove debris, oil and allergens. Creative Carpet & Flooring offers cleaning products and dedicated floor cleaning expert services to help. We're your "one-stop-shop" for all things flooring!

Clean upholstered furnishings 

Gently beat cushions by hand outdoors to remove dust. If there are stains, clean using instructions on care labels. Clean under seat cushions using a vacuum's upholstery and crevice tool.

Inspect light fixtures

Indoors and out, wash light fixture covers. Make sure to check all fixture wires and connections for damage, too.

Organize files 

Review insurance policies, contracts and household inventories. Declutter and discard documents and files you no longer need.

Clean computers 

Wipe down casings with a solution of 1 drop mild dishwashing liquid per 1 quart of water using and a lint-free cloth. Dust crevices in keyboards with cotton swabs. Wipe screens with a soft dry cloth.

Discard expired cosmetics and beauty products

Foundation, primer, blush, and eyeshadow can last for up to two years. Lipstick is usually good for one year. You should replace mascara and eyeliner every three months.

Update the first-aid kit 

Replenish items that are expired or running low and update your supplies to meet your current needs. Also, the kit should include a list of emergency numbers and the nearest poison control center.

Ensure fire safety

All your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be free of dust and have fresh batteries. Review using a fire extinguisher and escape plans with everyone in the home in case of an emergency.

Clean porch ceilings and walls

Using a broom, sweep up cobwebs and debris. Mix a cap full of an all-purpose cleaner in a large bucket of hot water. Using this solution, wash the walls using a sponge.

Scrub decks, patios, driveways and walkways

Treat mildew with a solution of 1-part oxygen bleach to 3 parts water using a deck brush.

Wash outdoor furniture 

Most outdoor furniture can handle a solution of mild dishwashing liquid and water using a soft-bristle brush. 

Wash window screens

Scrub each screen with a brush using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid. Make sure to rinse thoroughly.

Clean window treatments

Most curtains and drapes are machine washable but check the labels first. Dry-clean fabric shades. Wipe wood, metal and vinyl blinds using a damp cloth with warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid.

Bring out lightweight curtains, rugs and throws 

Clean heavyweight items before storing them. Roll material around a cardboard tube and wrap in a clean cotton sheet to store. Secure with twill tape or twine and label for easy reference in the fall.

Do you have any ideas for more DIY home projects that you’d like to share? Email your ideas HERE and we’ll use them in a future blog post!

Brian BersonBrian Berson (Flooring Consultant)

Brian is no stranger to flooring, having spent most of his life in the flooring industry. He started his flooring journey in 1992 with his father who ran a flooring store on the north shore. Brian prides himself on his incredible knowledge of the flooring industry and respectable customer service. His dedication to staying on top of the latest design trends has proven to be an asset to providing both residential and commercial clients with the best flooring selections for their projections. Visit Brian at our Mokena, Illinois showroom for an educational shopping experience.

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