How to Clean Up Watercolor Spills on Your Carpet

Drawing and painting is surely one of the best ways to spend your free time. You can unleash your inner creativity and also teaching your kids the same can be a very good way to spend quality time with them. One of the materials which is commonly used in painting projects is watercolor. Watercolor is cheap and can be used to give rise to creative works of arts. Whether you are a skilled painter or you just want to relax and unwind, using watercolor to paint is certainly a good idea.

Sadly, while you are painting accidents can sometimes occur and you may end up spilling your watercolor all over your carpet. This is not a good thing by any stretch as watercolor can really get into your carpet fibers and cause an ugly stain that will make your carpet unattractive and unappealing.

If you are having trouble with a watercolor spill on your carpet, here is a guide that you can use in solving this carpet cleaning problem.

Start off by clearing the area where the spill occurred. Remove any loose objects such as brushes and then extract any of the excess watercolor on the carpet. You can do the latter by absorbing it using some paper towels or a clean white cloth.

Once you have cleared the spill area, all which is left on your carpet now is the watercolor stain. The next step in trying to remove it is by making a cleaning agent to use on the stain. This can be done quite easily by mixing a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with a cup of warm water. Once you have stirred the mixture completely, apply some of it onto the watercolor stain and then let it set for three minutes.

Now you will need to blot the stain repeatedly with a clean white cloth. Blotting will help in removing the stain from the carpet and transfer it onto the clean white cloth. You will notice that as you continue to blot the stain is becoming lighter, this means that it is working and you need to blot the area continuously until the entire stain is gone.

For the last step, you must pour a cup of clean water on the area where the watercolor spill occurred. This is to flush out any cleaning solution residue that could get left behind and damage your carpet over time. After rinsing the area, dry it using clean towels before you can use it again.… READ MORE ..


Residential Remodeling Can Transform Your House Into the Home You Want

Residential Remodeling Can Transform Your House Into the Home You Want
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Residential remodeling may be the solution if your current home is no longer suitable to your life style and needs. You may feel a bit crowded if your family has grown with the addition of children, or older relatives have joined your household. Sometimes it’s not a matter of enough space, but you are just tired of the way your house looks, or its lack of functionality. Before you commit to moving to a new home, take a little time to analyze your situation.

Do you like the neighborhood you presently live in? Are you close to friends and family? Would it be disruptive to your children if the have to transfer to a new school? Have you considered what it would really cost to move?

The October 2012 average selling price of a home in Savage, MN was about $255,000. If you paid a 5% real estate sales commission, that would be $12,750. Your closing costs on a new home would be more than $3,000, and the cost of a local move for a six room house could exceed $5,000. So far that’s already over $20,000. Invariably, there will be many additional costs for moving in expenses, which could easily add another $5,000 to $10,000. If you basically like where you are, why not just use a portion of that money for a residential remodeling and change your existing home to meet your needs?

If it’s just the appearance that you’d like to change, something as simple as fresh paint, new carpeting, or hard wood floors can make a tremendous difference. If it’s the exterior you want to change, Fresh paint, or new siding and new windows can accomplish the job. These residential remodeling projects will add value to your home while making it more energy efficient.

Other ways to improve the looks of your home would be to remodel your kitchen or bathrooms. New cabinets with granite countertops would add an elegant appeal that would both add value to your home and increase the sales appeal if you decided to sell in the future.

Should you need more usable space, there are several ways to accomplish this without requiring structural changes to your home. For example, you could convert basement space to a recreation room or a home theater. Attic space can easily be converted to additional bedrooms. And, the addition of storage cabinets in the basement or in a large kitchen could do a lot to help improve your situation. If you really need more space, you could put an addition on your home, or even add another level.

Any of these kinds of residential remodeling projects may be just what you need to make your house into the home you want. Within practical limits, most of them will add as much or more value than they cost. On the other hand, if you have already decided to relocate, some remodeling can help you sell your home more quickly and at a price that will … READ MORE ..