How to Choose Furniture When You Live with a Cat

furniture with cats at Homemakers Furniture

As everyone who lives with a cat knows, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to keep furniture fur-free and unmarked by kitty claws. We love our companions but we’d also love for furniture to last longer before it starts to look like a hairy pincushion.

5 Items You Forget About While Spring Cleaning

Time for spring cleaning! Here are some items around the house that you might be forgetting to clean.

Do you feel that? No, not the warmer temperatures, birdsong and brighter sunlight. We’re talking about the itchy feeling that forewarns the annual ritual of throwing everything on the front lawn and deep cleaning the house. It’s time for spring cleaning!

There are many articles offering advice and tips on deep cleaning during this time of year, but we assume you have a system down by now. Instead, we curated a list of five places and items around the house that are easy to miss or maybe this will be the first time they are cleaned. Keep reading to learn which spots you might be missing while spring cleaning!

The Comprehensive Guide to “Winterizing” Your Home

Tips on Winterizing Your Home

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for making snow angels, ice skating, sledding, drinking hot chocolate and spending cozy nights by the fireside. Now if reading that sentence fills you with an impending sense of dread and all you can think is ‘Wait, I’m not ready! I have so much to do!” fear not. Although winter seemed a little late this year, it is upon us now and it’s time to take steps to prepare your home for the time of snow and ice. Ideally, you would have your house prepared before the first freeze of the season, but we all have lives to lead and sometimes forget about the patio furniture and that drafty window upstairs.

Below, we compiled a comprehensive list of ways to prepare your home for cold weather.

How to Clean Your Area Rug (No Matter the Material!)

Area Rug Cleaning Tips for Every Material

Vacuuming or shaking out an area rug is probably a pretty easy chore on your cleaning list. It feels pretty good to see all the dust float off or get sucked up in the vacuum. However, that’s not necessarily enough to get your rug really clean. Area rugs experience some of the most wear and tear of any piece in a home between pets, kids, foot traffic, dirt, snow and even sunshine.

We’ve mapped out the best ways to scrub down your rug based on the material it’s made of and put together a list of tips for spot cleaning common stains. Before you do any kind of clean, check the rug’s care instructions. If it is dry-clean only, take it to a professional!