Keep Your Area Rugs Looking Their Best This Fall

Vacuums miss a lot more dirt than you would think when they’re run over rugs. Dirt tends to make its way into the fibers of your rug and, once it’s there, it is very difficult to get out. What looks like a lot of dirt in the vacuum bag is really just a fraction of what’s actually present in the fibers. Remember, we are always tracking dirt on the soles of our shoes and feet as we walk around.

Much like abstinence is the only definitive way to prevent unwanted pregnancy, the best and most guaranteed way to prevent dirt from getting in your rug is to abstain from walking on the rugs at all. We understand this is impossible, so we suggest first trying to limit the amount of dirt that can get in there. Enacting a no-shoes policy on the rugs or placing doormats at all the entrances to your home will help significantly.

Washing your rug is a relatively easy process and you will notice immediate results once it dries. Dip a sponge or brush in warm water — do NOT use hot water as it may cause the colors to run! — and add some mild, smooth-looking dish detergent (about 1/4 tsp per quart of water). Laundry detergent is too alkaline and thicker dish soaps will leave a nasty, creamy residue on the rug after washing.

Wash the rug with a sponge or brush, rubbing the soap deep into the fibers. Allow the solution to sit on the rug for several minutes before you rinse with a garden hose. Before letting the rug dry, ensure all soap is out of the fibers. With a squeegee, remove excess water from the rug while making sure to work only in the direction of the rug’s nap. After the rug is dry, make sure to run a vacuum or soft bristled brush over it so that the fibers are loosened up and looking good as new. Click here to find out more about cleaning your area rugs.

It is important to only wash your rug when it is dirty. Simply pick up the rug or pinch its ends; if dust or dirt pops up from the fibers, it needs to be cleaned. Please be aware that specific stains and rugs made of unusual fabrics will need more attentive care and different cleaning materials and techniques in order to properly clean them.

While it doesn’t hurt to attempt to clean your own rug yourself, we recommend considering hiring a professional with a pickup and delivery service every now and again, and for very serious stains. While you can clean your rug yourself and do a good job, nothing you can do at home can compare to the thorough rug cleaning done when handled by an experienced technician in possession of proper rug cleaning technologies.  Plus, there are risks involved when cleaning your own area rug-for example, color migration, crocking, etc.

Disclosure:  This is a contributed post.

CloverSac Purse Organizer Insert Review

For us women, keeping our purses not only organized but stain free is important, especially for those of us who invest in pricey handbags.  The company CloverSac has invented a wonderful product that is able to tackle both issues all in one with their Purse Organizer Insert.  The CloverSac Emma Purse Organizer Insert comes in two different sizes, the Emma 28 and the Emma 22.  Emma 28 is 28 cm in length and is designed to fit into bigger handbags while Emma 22 is 22 cm long and is designed to fit into smaller sized handbags.  What's great about these Purse Organizer Inserts is that they have been tested to ensure that they will not stain the interior of your handbags so you can rest assured that you are getting a quality product!  CloverSac also carries many other products including their wonderful base shaper, pillow shapers, dust bags, and other great handbag accessories.

Check out these before and after photos of a purse using the CloverSac Purse Organizer Insert:



Some other great features about the CloverSac Purse Organizer Insert are that it's lightweight and easy to set up.  It comes with 3 structure cards that easily slide into place.  The smaller two go into the side wall pockets and the larger one goes into the bottom pocket.  Very simple!  If you find that you need a little bit more room in your purse organizer CloverSac has made it easy for you to remove the center compartment to create more space.  This Purse Organizer Insert from CloverSac is a great way to stay organized and keep your purse looking new longer!

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Dropprice Walmart $150 Gift Certificates Giveaway

Textbook Mommy is excited to be a part of this fun giveaway! Best of luck to all the entrants! Dropprice Logo 

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with 
other moms. 

In today’s promotion for the Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Elephant, it started out at $44.99 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates until it reaches $20.00 (56% off).

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You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!   Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Walmart gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.    

Giveaway: Win one of four $150 Walmart Gift Cards All you have to do is help moms drop the price of this 3-in-1 Elephant and you will be entered to win one of four $150 Walmart gift cards. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries! This Giveaway is valid for the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 10/20/15. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes and will contact the winners. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.  


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