A Guide to Adding Colour to Your Home

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If you don’t consider yourself an interior designer, or the artistic type, adding colour to your home can seem scary. We tend to stick with “safe” colours, like beiges, whites and creams, which can work in moderation, but can make a room look bland and boring when used too heavily. Adding colour to your rooms, even in small ways, can add a lot of interest and personality to your home.

The trick to adding colour to your home is to know how to do it tastefully and how to choose colours that work well together. With a few hints you’ll be well on your way to beautifying your home with colour.

Create a Palette

First, choose a colour palette. You don’t have to use the same set of colours in all of the rooms in your home, but the colours you choose should work together, so that there is natural flow from room to room. If you have an eye for colour, you can pick up some paint chips at your hardware store and create palette that brings the right feelings to a room.

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If you aren’t sure of what colours you want to use, you can take inspiration from something you already have in your home, like a piece of furniture, a curtain, a pillow or even something like a vase or a dish. It’s a good idea to focus on two to three colours when you choose a palette, and then use other, coordinating colours as accent colours and to add variety.

Before you settle on the colours, bring some paint chips or samples home and compare them to the pieces you already have and tape them to your walls to see how the colours look in different lights throughout the day. Remember, you may not necessarily be using all of these colours for paint, but using paint chips to choose colours can help you solidify a palette.

Choose Some Base Colours

You can use a lot of colour in each room, but it’s best to stick to a few base colours in each room. These colours will form the foundation for the style in the space, and then you can use other colours in smaller ways for added interest.

Keep in mind that different colours will set different moods. For example, yellow might make your kitchen feel happy and bright while blue can make your living room feel calm. Warm colours often bring a sense of comfort and cosiness while cool colours make a room feel bright and even bigger.

Start Bringing in Colour

Now that you have chosen your colours, the fun part starts: bringing in the colour. Start with the base colours and add them in big ways through paint on the walls, furniture and flooring. Then, use the other colours in your palette to add colour and style in different ways.

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Artwork

Hanging artwork is an easy way to add colour to any room. Look for pieces that fit your colour palette and that have frames that compliment the room’s decor. Choosing photographs, sketches, watercolours, oil paintings, modern art or any other kind of art will influence the style and theme in a room. Try grouping pieces together on walls to make a bigger statement and create a collection.

Plants

We don’t usually think of using plants to add colour to a room, but it’s an easy way to add both colour and texture. You can use live or artificial plants and unique planters for even more colour.

Large, floor plants are perfect for entryways, living rooms and dining rooms while smaller plants or floral arrangements work well in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and family rooms.

Accessories

Another easy way to add colour to a room is to bring in some accessories that match the colour scheme. Think vases, dishes, picture frames, three-dimensional art and other things that add style and personality to an area. Your accessories don’t need to match your colour palette perfectly, but they should flow well with the colours in the room.

Curtains and Window Treatments

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Adding curtains or window treatments to a room makes a big statement. The shape, type of fabric and colours of the curtains all contribute to the room’s design and can help add softness and texture to the area. Look for curtains with patterns that have a few of the colours from your palette to help tie all the colours you are using together.

Pillows and Afghans

Pillows and afghans can also bring a lot of colour into your rooms. These kinds of accessories are an easy way to add colour because you can easily change them out as the seasons change or when you feel like making a change to the theme of the room. Pillows and afghans also make a room feel cosy and homey, so they contribute to the atmosphere in your home.

Knick-Knacks and Collections

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Finally, bring some knick-knacks and collections into your rooms to add colour and personality. Souvenirs, found pieces, gifts and collected items are unique and make a space yours. They also add colour and interest. You can set larger pieces on tables or shelves, or you can group similar items together to make a bigger statement.

Remember, you can create groupings that may seem very different, but that have just one thing in common. For example, fill a shelf with white accessories to add contrast to your blue walls, using vases, plates, picture frames and sculptures to create a group. You can take the same idea into the kitchen by lining up a variety of different mugs on a shelf for an eclectic, colourful look.

Adding colour to your home may seem hard, but when you start by choosing a palette and some base colours, adding accessories and other colourful pieces is easy. Choose one room in your home that could use some extra colour and choose a colour scheme that will breathe new life into it.

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Carpet Cleaner Guide: What You Should Know Before You Hire a Carpet Cleaner

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Before you hire a carpet cleaner to scrub your carpets or upholstery clean, it’s helpful to know about how this equipment works, what your options are and how to use a carpet cleaner effectively.

Carpet cleaners aren’t complicated pieces of equipment, but they are very specialised and different models offer different perks. Hiring the right model for your job will ensure your carpet looks its best and that you get the job done right the first time.

How Carpet Cleaners Work

Different models work slightly differently, but most carpet cleaners have some basic parts in common and function essentially the same way. Basically, carpet cleaners work to brush or shake debris loose, vacuum it away and clean the fibres of the carpet.

First, the carpet cleaner uses a pump to push water, and commercial cleaners in some cases, deep into your carpet. The clean water and cleaning solution is stored in a special tank and your cleaner will come with directions on how to fill it. This makes it possible for you to clean deep within the fibres where a normal vacuum cleaner can’t reach.

Many carpet cleaners heat the water before it is sprayed onto the carpet, or sometimes as it leaves the carpet cleaner. Hot water is more conducive to proper cleaning and can even kill germs that could be in your carpet.

As you run the carpet cleaner, a vacuum will suck the moisture, along with the debris it has collected, up into a tank, making it easy for you to remove and dispose of. Some carpet cleaners also dry the carpet as they clean, so you can use the room again quickly after cleaning it.

Which Carpet Cleaner Should I Hire?

While most carpet cleaners work in essentially the same way, the features on some models make them more conducive to different tasks. Some of these features are a matter of preference, but some are essential to cleaning properly.

Cleaner and Hose Model

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Some carpet cleaners have the working parts encased in a cleaner that is mounted on wheels so you can pull it behind you as you clean. There is a long hose attached to this part, which you use to treat and clean your carpet or upholstery.

This type of cleaner is ideal for upholstery, because it allows you to gently but thoroughly clean chairs, couches and other upholstered furniture. The hose also lets you clean nooks and crannies in upholstered furniture that would otherwise be hard to reach.

Another great use for this carpet cleaner is to clean small areas of carpet. It is ideal for spot cleaning after an accident that dirties the carpet or to use on a rug, staircase or in a small room.

Upright Carpet Cleaners

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Upright carpet cleaners have a handle and all the working parts are encased within a cleaner that you push across the carpet. This cleaner is very easy to use because you simply run it over your carpet, letting the water and cleaner work into the carpet and then get sucked back up into the machine.

Choose this type of carpet cleaner if you have a large room, or several rooms, to clean. While this type of cleaner is best for carpets, some models include attachments and hoses you can use to reach small spaces or to clean stairs or upholstery.

Both of these styles are very effective, and the one you choose will depend on what kind of cleaning you want to do. It’s also wise to compare the specific features on different models so you can be sure to get the best tool for the job.

The Right Way to Use a Carpet Cleaner

When you hire a carpet cleaner, it’s important to read the instructions that came with it since the manufacturer will include specific directions and safety precautions.

Here’s an instructional video by HSS Hire that demonstrates the best practice for using a small carpet cleaner.

 

Additionally, there are some general tips you should keep in mind when using a carpet cleaner.

Vacuum Frequently and Before You Use a Carpet Cleaner

First, carpet cleaners do not replace vacuum cleaners. Even if you plan to hire a carpet cleaner, you still need to vacuum your carpets frequently to remove dirt and dust so that it doesn’t get pushed deep into the carpet or become matted, making it harder to clean.

Before you start using a carpet cleaner, thoroughly vacuum the area to remove as much debris as possible. Your carpet cleaner will be able to remove debris as it cleans, but vacuuming first will clear the way for the cleaner to work more effectively.

Protect Furniture and Other Floors

It’s a good idea to remove all the furniture in your room before you start cleaning the carpet. This way you’ll be able to easily reach all areas, have plenty of room to work and your furniture won’t be at risk of being damaged. If you aren’t able to remove some pieces of furniture, cover them with a drop cloth to protect them from the cleaning chemicals and from being bumped or nicked.

Hardwood, linoleum and tile floors should be protected during carpet or upholstery cleaning. While some floors may not react negatively to cleaning chemicals, some can easily be damaged or scratched during cleaning. Cover these floors with a drop cloth or clean tarp before you start cleaning carpet or upholstery.

Always Test the Cleaner in a Hidden Spot

Before you use any kind of commercial cleaner or carpet cleaning equipment, test it in an inconspicuous spot to make sure the chemicals and machine won’t damage the material. This is also a good chance to make sure the cleaner you hired is working properly before you start using it. This tip applies to both carpet and upholstery cleaning.

The exact method you use to clean your carpets or upholstery will depend on the type of cleaner you have, so always read the instructions that came with it. These instructions will also tell you how to fill the machine, turn it on, use it properly and give you tips for treating your carpet or fabric.

Understanding how a carpet cleaner works and what your options are when it comes to hiring one means your carpets and furniture will be fresh and clean in no time!

To find out more about carpet cleaners, browse HSS Hire’s extensive collection of carpet cleaners or hire one online, please visit our Carpet Cleaners Page: www.hss.com/c/9000071/Carpet-Cleaners.html

How to Use a Steam Cleaner to Deep Clean Your Floors

You can sweep, mop and spot clean your tile or laminate regularly and still not get them completely clean. Obviously, floors stand up to a lot every day and have to take a lot of wear and tear. Regular cleaning can help you maintain their looks, but to really make them look like new, you will need to hire a steam cleaner (you can do it easily, simply by visiting our website: www.hss.com/c/1014429/Steam-Cleaners.html).

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Steam cleaners are designed to deep clean your floors in ways you can’t with ordinary equipment and supplies. With a steam cleaner you can cut through dirt, grease, grime and even dirt that has been living on your floor for a long time to make your floors extremely clean.

If you haven’t used a steam cleaner before, you’re probably wondering how to get started. Using one is simple, and once you’ve used one to clean your floors, you’ll want to do it on a regular basis.

How a Steam Cleaner Works

In short, a steam cleaner is powered by electricity and heats water to create steam. It forces that steam out, through a nozzle or cleaning attachment, in a pressurised fashion so it can cut through tough dirt. Some steam cleaners use a boiler system while others use a pump system.

Regardless of which kind of steam cleaner you use, the effect is the same: pressurised steam cleans surfaces in ways other equipment can’t. Steam cleaners help you clean more quickly and can actually help you rid a surface of germs, since the hot steam kills them.

A steam cleaner works by making grime and residue soft, and then washing it away. Depending on the model you choose, you may need to add a cleaning solution to the cleaner. This cleaning solution is mainly used to make the room smell fresh after it is  cleaned, and the real power of a steam cleaner lies in its ability to use hot steam to clean and disinfect.

Where to Use a Steam Cleaner

Steam cleaners can be used on all kinds of surfaces, but in this guide we are referring to cleaners used on the floor. This equipment is commonly used on tile and laminate flooring, but some models are safe to use for hardwood floors.

You can use a steam cleaner to clean and disinfect flooring in your home or business and floors in bathrooms, kitchens and other areas of the home benefit from this deep cleaning.

Prepare the Floor

Before you steam clean the floor, make sure you sweep it very well. The idea is to remove loose dirt that could get in the way of the steam cleaner and prevent it from doing what it does best: deep clean the floors. In fact, if a steam cleaner is moved over loose debris, it can actually scratch the floor.

Depending on the state of your floors, you may also want to vacuum and mop the floor. Any dirt or grime you can easily remove without a steam cleaner should be taken care of before you start deep cleaning with the cleaner.

Clear the area of furniture and items on the floor that could get in the way. When you take the time to steam clean your floor, it is best to move furniture out of the way so you can clean the entire floor, and won’t have to move the cleaner around furniture.

Set up the Steam Cleaner

It is extremely important that you read the directions before you start using the steam cleaner you hired. Each type of cleaner, and even each manufacturer, requires different procedures and has different directions.

In most cases, you will need to add water to the machine and turn it on so it will begin to heat the water and produce steam. In some cases you will need to add detergent as directed.

If the cleaner you are using has a filter, it is a good idea to make sure it is clean before you start using it, so that it will work effectively. Check the directions that came with the cleaner for more information on how to do this.

Start on the Inside of the Room

Make sure the cord you are using is long enough to allow you to manoeuvre across the entire room, and use an extension cord if necessary. It is important to start at the inside of the room, or on the side furthest from the door, so that you won’t have to backtrack over cleaned floor to get out of the room when you are done cleaning.

Follow the directions to start cleaning with the steamer. Each type of steamer is used in a slightly different way, but these general directions can help you get started.

Move the Cleaner Forward and Backward

Generally, you will need to push the cleaner forward and then backward over the same area as you work. Most models have a long handle that you hold while cleaning and that has a small button on it. Push this button down as you clean.

When you push the steamer forward, the steam is pushed onto the floor and begins to clean. Then, when you pull it backward, the machine removes the dirt that was loosened by the steam.

You should work at a slow but steady pace. You want to move the machine slowly enough that it can create enough steam to clean, and so that the steam has enough time to do its work, but it isn’t necessary to move extremely slowly.

It is also important that you don’t let the steam cleaner rest in one place for too long while it is on. If steam flows over one area for too long, it can actually damage the area or overheat the floor, which can be dangerous.

Wipe up the Area if Needed

In most cases, you won’t need to do any cleaning after you have used the steam cleaner. However, if the cleaner left a few spots or left some water on an area of the floor, use a clean rag to wipe it up.

Then, when the steam cleaner is off and the water has cooled completely, you can remove it and dispose of it. With the machine turned off and unplugged, clean it and store it according to the manufacturer’s directions.

Steam cleaning is an extremely effective way to deep clean your floors and rid your home or office of grime and dirt that has built up over time. When you are ready to make your floors shine again, use this guide and a steam cleaner to get started.