hope I’m not too late with this advice, because the
children in these parts have been off from school for
summer vacation since June.
the kids may be around the house a little longer than
usual each day this time of year, there is increased
opportunity for things to get messier.
best, but more expensive, solution is to send them to
sleepaway camp for several weeks.
that option isn’t available, however, Derek
Niederquell of 1-800 Water Damage — a national firm in
property restoration specializing in water, fire, and
carpet cleaning — offers some tips for keeping your
rugs in good shape.
start with chewing gum in a plush carpet.
suggests applying a bag of ice directly over the
affected area and allowing the gum to completely freeze.
Once that has occurred, peel off the frozen substance
using your hands or a dull butter knife.
Gatorade or soda, even red wine, Niederquell recommends
blotting the stain using cold water and a clean white
that has been done, apply a generous amount of salt to
draw out the stain’s moisture and let it stand for a
few hours. Afterward, discard the salt and vacuum the
carpet, he said.
grass, Niederquell recommends vacuuming up any dry
particles, then applying a detergent solution composed
of warm water and dish soap.
this treatment stand for five minutes and blot the rug
dry with a clean cloth.
it rains and the kids respond by making mud pies and
then stepping in them, Niederquell suggests letting the
mud dry, then vacuuming up as much of it as possible.
you have done that, Niederquell says, apply a mixture of
warm water and vinegar using a clean white cloth, then
blot it until all the liquid has been absorbed.
been running reader experiences with tankless water
a quick one from Donald Linzey of Blacksburg, Va., who
says he has had a tankless unit for six years:
already had a propane tank, so the hookup was simple.
Our kitchen sink, almost directly above the unit in our
basement, has hot water in less than 30 seconds."