Upholstery UpkeepWritten by BatSheva Vaknin
Upholstery Upkeep By BatSheva Vaknin
Upholstered armchairs and sofas are comfortable and attractive additions to any home. When neglected, however, upholstery can quickly turn into next yearís yard saleís featured item. Help upholstered furniture in your dining room, living room, family room and bedroom last for years and years, by getting to know ABCís of upholstery preventative and corrective care. Stop Damage Before it Occurs Protect Upholstery from: SUNLIGHT, NEWSPAPER INK, FABRIC DYES, PAINTS & POLISHES Allow common sense to dictate what you should keep from harming your upholstered furniture. Sunlight will fade upholstery, so keep your upholstered couches, armchairs and ottomans away from window, or else well-shaded. Put your newspaper on a coffee table or side table, to avoid ink damage to your upholstered furniture.
Other items that can cause permanent damage include dark-colored sheets and blankets, for when damp or wet, dark dyes on these fabrics can rub off and ruin your upholstery. Finally, paints and polishes, such as nail or shoe polish, should never be used on upholstery. Make sure to cover your upholstered furniture when painting your living room, dining room, or bedrooms! Keep it Clean! 1: Vacuum, 2: Damp-Dust, 3: Professionally Clean Cleaning upholstered furniture is easy as 1, 2, 3. First, Vacuum as often as possible. Second, damp-dust arms and headrest areas with cleaning solution recommended by manufacturer. Third, indulge occasionally in professional cleaning for maximum dirt and dust particle removal.
Hereís a tip for keeping your favorite chairs & couches clean: Donít be fooled by zippers on those cushions: cushion covers are NOT meant to be removed and washed separately! Before you vacuum, remove cushions. Beat them, rotate them, then vacuum them. 911 Emergency Care Blot, scrape, vacuum. Read label, match spill with remedy. Spills happen. The key to avoiding a permanent stain is to react in manner most appropriate to type of spill. For liquid spills, donít rub spot, BLOT. Use a fresh, clean paper towel. For food or solid spills, first lift as much of spill as possible with a dull knife or a spoon, scraping gently towards center. For powder or cigarette ash spills, donít add a liquid or rub. Instead, vacuum up spill.
When remnants of spill still remain, use a fabric cleaner. Here are some guidelines: Check manufacturerís label for cleaning instructions and recommendations. Codes on labels are as follows: W=water based cleaning agent; S=water-free solvent; WS=water based or water-free agent okay; X=clean only by vacuuming or light brushing. Test water or cleaning agent in a hidden area of upholstered furniture before applying to stain. Be patient when applying cleaning agent. Go slowly to avoid causing a ring or spreading stain. You may need to use several doses, blotting each time with a clean paper towel. Only blot, never rub. Use a fan or cool blow dryer to speed up drying process, working from outer edge of spill to inner. If velvet, use a brush on fabric before it dries. If a stain remains, call a professional cleaner. A-Z Home Stain Removal Chart: Look it up. And remember, donít rub, BLOT!
Birthday JournalsWritten by Doreene Clement
Birthday Journals By Doreene Clement
Last year, as I turned 50, (FIVE-OOOH!!!), I decided to give myself a birthday party. Part of party was to have a birthday journal, or diary. (I used my book The 5 Year Journal for two reasons -- #1. I had a lot of copies, and #2. The 5 Year Journal is dated) I asked my friends to pick a date telling me why they chose that date, and then write whatever they felt like writing.
After journal was passed around party, I then carried it with me and had more friends sign throughout year. I have now decided that this is my decade journal and it will come with me, and both my old and new friends will become a part of it from age 50 to 60 years old. Then I'll start again, because a birthday journal is now part of my birthday celebration.
Another part of my birthday journal was writing a yearly birthday wish for myself. My wish last year was: To be healthy, wealthy, wise, happy, peaceful. This year my wish for myself is: To stop, to look and to listen, while staying as quiet as possible. At time of my birthday I also write a birthday wish for different friends, and world.