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Monday, July 16, 2018

Organize Your Home in 10 Minutes or Less

Not every home improvement project needs to take up a full Sunday or your entire weekend. Take home organization for instance — you can accomplish plenty of tasks in a little under 10 minutes.


Think about breaking it up into 10-minute chunks.
There are 10-minute chunks of time that pop up all day (you just haven’t envisioned it this way). But think about it — the first 10 minutes after you walk through the door, sitting in the waiting room before an appointment, or waiting for your food to finish cooking.
Do you know you need to do a major bathroom clean, but you can’t find the time to do so? Instead of scheduling a 3-hour timeframe on your calendar, break it up into 10-minute projects throughout the week or weekend. If you like where we’re heading, but have no idea where to start, we have a few ideas.

10-minute tasks to tackle throughout the week.

1. Choose one drawer in your dresser and go through and organize your clothing — clean, re-fold, stack, and give away. 2. Vacuum your car or at least one room in your house. 3. Save important contact information on your mobile phone — organize them and delete any information that you don’t need anymore. 4. Go through your email. Take 10 minutes to reply, RSVP, and organize your inbox. 5. Organize your entertainment. Believe us, this will save a lot of time during movie nights. Add movies into your Netflix queue or add them to the notes section on your phone. 6. Clean your make up brushes — seriously, when was the last time you did this? 7. You cleaned out one dresser drawer, now it’s time to clean and organize one of your office drawers. 8. Go through one bag (work bag, gym bag, lunch bag), and clean and organize it. The dedicated and highly skilled Triple S staff includes the most Clean Trust* Certified Technicians and Master Technicians of any company in the Northeast. Contact us today! Triple S has three main plant locations:
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue
Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bad Cleaning Habits You Need To Break

We all want cleaning to go as quickly and easily as possible. The only problem with that is most of us end up taking shortcuts, making our chores the complete opposite — harder and longer.


It’s time for you to stop those bad cleaning habits you may have learned throughout the years. Start with one and then work your way up until you’re cleaning like a pro.

3 Bad Cleaning Habits You Need To Break

1. Allowing paper to clutter and accumulate. 

Even though we have online billing and banking services, there is still a mound of paper that ends up in our home. From magazines and newspapers to school papers and invitations — the list goes on and on.

Designate a place for all mail and papers and at least once a week sort it through and toss it away!

2. Leaving wet towels and shower curtains bunched together.

Spend less time in the laundry room by picking up your wet towels off the floor and separating your wet shower curtains as soon as you get out. By closing the curtain after each use, it will dry more quickly and lead to less mildew growth. And by hanging wet towels to dry, you can get a second and even a third use out of it — lightening your laundry load.

3. Using too much cleaning product. 

Using more cleaning product won’t make it work better or faster. Using too much dish soap or laundry detergent can actually cause more harm than good. The excess residue becomes a dirt magnet, trapping soil, so don’t waste your time (or money) using extra product!

4. Cleaning with dirty tools.

You can’t expect to get a good cleaning in if your tools are dirty also. If your washing machine has an odor, it’s most likely from built-up residue from your detergent. If your vacuum bag or filter is filled to the brim with dust, it won’t suck all the dirt up. And a dirty sponge or mop will simply move bacteria from one area to the next. Clean them right away!

The dedicated and highly skilled Triple S staff includes the most Clean Trust* Certified Technicians and Master Technicians of any company in the Northeast. Contact us today!

Triple S has three main plant locations:

Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Expert Homeowner Cleaning Tips

Over the years, Triple S has helped thousands of families and businesses clean their space. From carpets and rugs to tile, grout, and upholstery. Our licensed and insured cleaning experts love the opportunity to help out.


With years of experience under our belt comes an excess amount of knowledge on all things home cleaning — and we’d love to share a few tips we’ve learned along the way.

Home Cleaning Tips From Triple S

Use under-padding with your rugs.
Steven DeMarco II, CRS: “It’s important to use under-padding with your rugs because it will add comfort and extend its lifespan. Durahold Under-Padding offers the best rug protection for rugs used over hard surfaces like wood, tile, and stone.”

Store your outdoor cushions every season.
Ed Marcarelli, Upholstery Manager: “Covering or storing your cushions when they are not in use (as well as cleaning before you store them) will help prevent excess soiling and increase the life of the fabric.”

Triple S has a dry climate-controlled warehouse to clean and store your outdoor cushions, find out more here.

Use a homemade cleaner to remove skunk smell on pets.
Ron Sanders, VP: “What can you use on a dog that got sprayed by a skunk before he lays on your carpet or furniture? The formula: 1 quart 3% peroxide, ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap. Mix completely in a pan or bucket and apply to fur wearing rubber gloves. Massage in and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and towel dry. May require a second application.”

Vacuum weekly — especially if you suffer from allergies.
Ed Marcarelli, Upholstery Manager: “The same dust that builds up on your wood furniture also collects on your upholstered items. Vacuuming on a regular basis will help keep them clean and extend the life of the textile.”

Look for solution-dyed acrylics for outdoor furniture.
Ed Marcarelli, Upholstery Manager: “When looking for outdoor fabrics, look for solution-dyed acrylics. You will get a color that is more stable, they are almost impossible to stain, and they won’t fade.”

Don’t use acid or alkaline cleaners on marble.
Kevin DeMarco, CRS: “Marble flooring is chosen for its beauty. However it’s a relativity soft stone, porous, and chemically sensitive. Clean up spills immediately, dust mop regularly and use area rugs and runners in traffic areas. Do not use acid or alkaline cleaners. Dull or scratched marble can be professionally polished and sealed."

At Triple S, we offer several cleaning services to restore your carpets, drapes, and upholstery once more! We are a family owned business with over 50 years of experience and are here to help you keep your home looking and feeling Clean, Fresh, & Bright no matter how messy your furry friends might be!

Triple S has three main plant locations:

Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue

Monday, June 25, 2018

10 Easy Summer Storage Tips

If you still have winter clothing laying around, it's time to store them away! Temperatures have hit the 90's — you won't be needed that over-sized sweater anymore (trust us).


To keep your winter materials looking fresh season after season, follow these simple rules for storing your warm and wooly items:

10 Easy Summer Storage Tips
  1. Since dirt and food are invitations to insects, clean or dry clean everything before storage.
  2. Make all necessary repairs before cleaning and storing - sew hemlines, replace buttons, and fix split seams.
  3. Store all items in a cool, well-ventilated area.
  4. Store away from natural and artificial light. This means hot attics, damp basements, and garages should be avoided.
  5. Store woolens in cedar chests or in other airtight containers. Second choices for storage of woolens are cloth or canvas bags and cardboard boxes. If you store in a closet, drape a cloth sheet over your clothes to protect them from dust and light. Do not store in plastic.
  6. Pack airtight containers with mothballs separate from the clothes, never on them.
  7. To discourage wrinkles in sweaters, fold them, and wrap in white tissue paper before storing. If you hang your sweaters, fold over the crossbar to avoid shoulder stretches.
  8. Down, like all winter clothing, should be cleaned (either washed or dry cleaned according to the care label) before end of season storage. Down should be stored loosely, to allow for air circulation.
  9. Furs should be stored on a well padded hanger in a cool dark place, ideally with a professional fur storage company or a dry cleaner with fur storage capacity.
  10. If you do not have proper storage space, ask your drycleaner about box storage. You can get your clothes cleaned and properly stored for the season all at the same time.
At Triple S, we are dedicated to keeping your home Clean Fresh & Bright through all four seasons! Our textile experts have all the tools and experience you could need when looking for an upholstery and carpet cleaning company. We are a family owned business with over 50 years of experience.

We have three main plant locations:

Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue

Thursday, June 14, 2018

How To Get Rid Of Pet Dander at Home

When we're cuddling with our pets, the last thing we're thinking about is how dirty they are. But, they are, very dirty! With dander, dandruff, and dirt (allergy-sufferers worse nightmare!). Luckily, there are a few ways to prevent pet dander from affecting you.


What Is Pet Dander?
Pet dander is made up of tiny, microscopic flecks of skin shed. People with allergy sensitivities can be triggered by pet dander the same way they are affected by an animals saliva and urine.

Which Pets Should you Avoid?
Many people think cats have the most dander, but twice as many people report allergies to cats than to dogs. And unfortunately, there aren't any "non-allergenic dogs or cats," so both short-haired and long-haired animals will contribute to allergens and poor indoor air quality.

How Can I Control Pet Allergens?
Here are a few tips to help you minimize the discomfort:

  • Keep your pets out of your bedroom.
  • Wash your fabrics once a week (i.e., linens, pillowcases, and window treatments).
  • Wipe up your tile floors once a month.
  • Vacuum carpet and upholstery once a week and by a professional once a month (if you're in need of a certified cleaning company, call us!).
At Triple S, we offer several cleaning services to restore your carpets, drapes, and upholstery once more! We are a family owned business with over 50 years of experience and are here to help you keep your home looking and feeling Clean, Fresh, & Bright no matter how messy your furry friends might be!

Triple S has three main plant locations:

Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue

Thursday, June 7, 2018

How To Choose The Best Window Treatment

Your window treatments are just as important as the art hanging on your wall. If you pick the wrong pattern or the wrong color, it can completely change the decor of the room.


What Are The Best Textiles For Each Room?

Living Room

If you entertain often, the living room window treatments are the most important ones. If your home as large windows, Hunter Douglas sheer shades would fit perfectly.

The Silhouette® vertical sheers provide a warm and cozy feel, while still brightening up your home. This award-winning shade can also roll completely into the headrail, providing a clear view outside.

Bathroom

Just like your bedroom, your bathroom is your private space. Sheer curtains just can't provide you with the privacy you need, so installing shades is the way to go.

We love the top-down, bottom-up Hunter Douglas Vignette® Tiered™ Modern Roman Shades. They give you the privacy you need and they are easy to use, too!

Bedroom

We all need at least two things in our bedroom, privacy and comfort. That's why Hunter Douglas Prouette® window shadings are the best option in this room. They feature soft fabric vanes attached to a single sheer backing so it appears to be floated when open, drawing more natural light into your room.

Let Triple S inspire your next window treatment purchase with the highest quality products products and materials. Our experts will do the work measuring dimensions, assessing your room’s lighting, and making sure your purchase is perfectly customized to your home.

To learn more about DUC interiors and Triple S, visit our website.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Get Your Backyard Ready For Summer

Cleaning Your Vacation Home: Part III

Now that you’ve successfully cleaned the interior of your home, how does the outside look? If your backyard needs a little TLC, there’s still time before summer officially (and unofficially) begins!

backyard patio seating

Keep reading for the best ways to spruce up your backyard.

Patio and Deck
Take a moment to sweep and power spray the remaining grime from your deck.

Don’t forget to wipe down your patio furniture, clean your patio cushions, and cover your furniture after each use. But, if there’s no saving your outdoor furniture and you think it’s simply time for an upgrade, read our blog: Tips For Buying Outdoor Furniture.

If you left your patio cushions with Triple S for cleaning and storing, call us and we’ll deliver them straight to your door!

Outdoor Kitchen
Give your grill a good cleaning (utensils and all!). And while you’re at it, make sure you have extra plates, cups, and other utensils for you and your guests.

Outdoor Lighting
Go around your property and check to make sure all your lights are working properly. Add a little glow to your patio so you can enjoy this space after dark — it’ll also come in handy when you want to grill at night.

Another great way to spruce up your outdoor space is by adding an outdoor rug! They can withstand the high-foot traffic that outdoor parties bring and plus, they make your space more welcoming!

Don’t worry about getting any spills or stains on your outdoor carpet either (it’s bound to happen at least once over the summer). We have all the tips you need, here: Spot Removal Tips.

To keep your backyard clean all summer long, follow our weekly cleaning checklist from part II of our blog series: Cleaning Your Vacation Home.

At Triple S, we are dedicated to keeping your home Clean Fresh & Bright through all four seasons. So if you need us this summer, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are a family owned business with over 50 years of experience.

We have three main plant locations:

Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue