Tis the Season for Carpet Cleaning! Learn About these Awesome Health Benefits from the Pros!

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You’ll have lots of guests, family, and friends coming over this season, which means lots of dust, dirt and grime buildup. It’s time to deep clean those carpets and get them spanking new to improve your home’s look and you overall health!

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When it comes to cleaning your home, there is no greater impact on the look, feel and smell of your home than having clean carpets. However, having your carpets professionally cleaned offers much more than just a great looking and smelling home. There are also numerous health benefits that you won’t believe. We’ve rounded up some important points from the pros:

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Having Your Carpet Cleaned Removes Embedded Pollutants 

Believe it or not, the EPA has recently reported that your carpet is one of the number one contributors of indoor pollution. This is because many indoor pollutants become trapped in the fibers including dirt, pet dander, pest droppings and various particles – gross!

These nasty pollutants actually become sticky and can trap other pollutants such as harmful gases, which can then be released continuously, contaminating the air you and your family breathe. Getting your carpet professionally cleaned is one of the only ways to actually REMOVE all of these pollutants which helps keep the air you breathe cleaner, reducing asthma flare-ups, allergic reactions and other respiratory problems.

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Removes Dust Mites

Have you ever been bitten by dust mites? Dust mites are common in many homes and most times don’t cause any major issues. However, for those homes with major infestations or where the occupants have sensitivity to these pests, their presence can make life miserable. I have a French bulldog that DOES NOT like dust, so these mites are a big no-no!

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Professional carpet cleaning companies understand what processes are required to remove the mites as well as their feces and other contaminants they leave behind while keeping allergens to a minimum.

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Prevents Mold Growth

If you live in an high-humidity and rainy area, having a carpet in your home can promote the growth of many different types of mold, which can be VERY dangerous. I’ve heard of numerous cases of people developing tons of allergies and even CANCER because of mold. Carpets hold moisture and provide mold spores with the dark, warm, and moist environment that they need to flourish. Walking on carpets with wet shoes is a recipe for disaster and contributes to even more moisture and mold growth.

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There are tons of great places that prevent mold growth like Expert Carpet cleaning NYC that uses high-powered dryers that actually inactivate the mold spores using special cleaners. From personal experience, this is worth every penny – you’ll notice a huge difference in your home’s overall air. It will be much fresher and cleaner since it is free of mold spores – great for anyone with sensitivities and asthma. Make sure you clean your carpets every 6 months, if it’s been longer then that, you’ll definitely want to schedule an appointment today!

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4 Easy Last Minute Tips to Save Your Patio Furniture This Winter!

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With all the hustle and bustle around Christmas and the Holidays, you’ve probably forgotten take a look outside at how your summer patio furniture is doing! One thing you definitely don’t want is falling apart, rusty, and moldy furniture by the time spring and summer rolls around. It’s not too late to save your furniture and protect it from harsh winds, extreme weather conditions, and the need to buy a new set come next year! Follow some of these last minute tips that will save you thousands:

1. Give it a Good Cleaning

This is probably obvious, but most people fail to do this step before putting their furniture away for winter! If you fail to clean your furniture properly, mold will grow and spread quickly which will leave your furniture looking worn and torn by the time the warm months arrive. Cleaning is super easy – just use a sponge and a simple dish soap solution to give it a good scrub down and rinse. If you have stains, mix 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup vinegar, and ¼ cup baking soda with 1 gallon of water to get them out.

2. Slather on a Protective Coat

Now this obviously matters where you are living in the country, but if it’s still warm outside this is totally do-able. After you clean up your furniture, slather on a protective coat. Aluminum or plastic can be covered with a thin coat of car wax and wicker furniture works well with a paste wax. If you have metal furniture, make sure to scrub off the rusty parts with a wire brush and spray the whole piece of furniture with a silicone sealant. Your furniture will look spanking new come springtime!

3. Cover and Protect

Furniture covers are great if you don’t have enough space to store your furniture in the garage or shed. You can easily stack your furniture and pull on a weather resistant cover for extra protection from rain, snow, wind, and other outdoor elements that will only ruin your furniture. Look for something that is UV resistant and waterproof to get the best out of your buck.

4. Use the Right Type of Cushions

It’s super easy to add soft cushioning to your furniture but it’s sure not made to withstand the same beating the furniture itself can take. If you leave your furniture out a lot, it’s super important to pay attention to this aspect. I hate hauling in the cushions every time a rainstorm rolls in so I opt for special quick-drying foam materials from The Foam Factory that cushion the seating. The foam or marine cushioning is designed to have open pores, which drains water and air, quickly drying unlike a regular cushion that holds moisture and leads to breakdown.

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Spotlight on BumbleJax Photo Printing – My Gorgeous New Custom Printed Masterpiece!

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This month I had the lovely opportunity to partner with BumbleJax, an amazing photo printing company that basically transforms any of your digital photos into large, gallery quality wall art! They have such an incredible team of skilled professionals that can transform any of your photos into beautiful works of art. You can upload any of your favorite photos like family portraits, memorable moments, or even photos of your pets and have it printed on various types of materials – the results are stunning!!

I had such an exciting opportunity to be able to work with them and receive my own custom piece of artwork!

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I wasn’t quite sure what image to upload, so instead I took an artistic approach and using Photoshop, combined a funky Egyptian style painting with a pop art background. I chose to have it printed on a shiny, acrylic board for best results. This was my favorite finish since the bright, exotic colors really shine through and look stunning!

As soon as the package came to my door, I noticed a few things – the packaging was beyond 5 STARS. Everything was carefully packed and arrived beautifully.

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The artwork came with a blue film covering it to make sure it doesn’t get scratched up or damaged. This comes in quite handy while you are handling the artwork and choosing a place to hang it up so it doesn’t get scuffed up.

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The print on the other hand turned out amazing! I was really surprised to see how the bright, vivid colors on the acrylic board look really BREATHTAKING! It’s SO shiny and mesmerizing – I cannot stop staring at it!

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I never guessed my little Photoshopping experiment would turn out this nice – the print truly looks like a glamorous, pricey work of art!! If anyone would like the image, let me know and I can send it over so you can get the same print! Just look at those colors – WOW!!

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At Bumblejax you can basically upload any of your favorite images and they can mount it onto bamboo, plexiglass, aluminum, or gator board. It takes about two weeks for them to print your image and have it right to your door – and it’s definitely worth the wait! As you can see, all of the prints have a sturdy wooden mounting piece at the back, which ensures it, will stay in place when hung up.

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The company has been in the business for over 20 years and has a whole team of industry veterans that truly know their stuff. They really do what they know best – PRINT!

I haven’t decided where I am going to place the artwork quite yet, maybe in my office or in my master bath for a POP of color! For now it looks great just sitting on this dresser alone! What do you all think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Spotlight on: Italian Egyptian Cotton Vero Linens – Here’s How to Get that Luxurious Dream Bed at Home! + HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY!

bed Ever visited an expensive hotel and was in awe of what a good night’s sleep you got? Nope it doesn’t always have to do with the mattress, the soft and comfy bedding is what really makes your stay an absolute dream. We’ve partnered up with Vero Linens, a luxurious Italian Linen company that has 150 years of experience on their back. The family business has been manufacturing in Italy for well over a decade and started out supplying luxury bedding to boutique hotels.

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The catch with Vero Linens is that they don’t supply to retailers so there is no retail markup. The exact same linens at Neiman Marcus can sell well up to $1,300, while you can get them directly at Vero Linens from $300-$600!! Unbelievable markup! The sheets are downright luxury but there isn’t any hard upkeep. I love how they are all machine washable – a mild detergent and medium heat will keep them looking beautiful for years!

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Their online shop really has everything you need to dress your bed in well-made luxury linens. They have tons of products from sheets, pillow shams, comforters, blankets, and even robes! One of their MUST HAVE items on my list is a “down” blanket. If you live in colder climates, you absolutely cannot live without this! I know from experience using synthetic sheets and blankets, that it just doesn’t get as warm and cozy and down feathers.

Shopping is pretty simple on their site if you are looking for solid flat sheets, fitted sheets, pillow cases, or duvet covers, just choose your size + color, add to cart, and complete the check-out! Easy peasy!

To kick off the holiday season, Vero Linens is giving one lucky reader a COMPLETE SET OF SHEETS! A flat and fitted sheet along with a pair of shams in the size and color of your choice! Who wouldn’t want this nice FREE package come to their door? All you need to do is “like or share” our post right here on Facebook or just leave a nice comment below! Also a big THANK YOU to Vero Linens for this gorgeous giveaway right in time for Christmas!!!

***UPDATE: For an ADDITIONAL entry, go to Verolinens.com and select the size, style and color you want, then post it in our comments below!!***

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