Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How to Design With a White Sofa

Decorating around a white sofa might sound like a difficult task, but believe it or not there are plenty of ways you can tie your room together. If you’ve been thinking about buying that white sofa you always wanted, consider these ideas to help you liven up your living space:

Curtains. Say yes to white window treatments if you want to carry out your neutral color scheme from top to bottom. Does your home have low ceilings? If so, hang them high up and let them puddle on the floor. For a more powerful statement, add curtains with striking patterns and allow your white sofa to tone things down a notch.

Pillows. Should you choose to add a pop of color to your white sofa, select several pillows to match your color theme. Or better yet, alternate two bold hues across the back of your sofa or mix up patterns with a single color. However, if you prefer to keep the room neutral, opt for white pillows.

Tables. Glass tables have a great way of keeping your space neutral because of its transparency. Wooden tables, like mahogany or espresso, create a wonderful contrast against your white sofa. So, use end tables, a coffee table, as well as a TV stand to bring the room together.

For more tips on how to design a room with a white sofa, click here.

If you’ve decided that a white sofa is right for you, give these decorating tips a try. And don’t forget to keep your whites clean! For fabric protectors and upholstery cleaning, call Triple S! We have three main plant locations:

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

Friday, July 24, 2015

How to Get Rid of Kitchen Odors

You cooked a delicious dinner last night, but now the pungent smell is lingering. What can you do? Getting rid of kitchen odors is simpler than you might think. If you want to keep your house smelling fresh, try these easy, inexpensive ideas:

Ventilate. Ventilation is important, especially during the summer when humidity is high and odors stick. With that being said, one of the best ways to eliminate odors is to get them outside. So if you have a vent near your stove, use it! If not, opt for an air conditioner or air filter that can get rid of heavy, grease smells that stink up your home.

Clean it up. Clean your countertops immediately and wipe up spills from your stove and cooking pans once they cool off. After all, one of the last things you want is to wake up to dirty dishes, stains, and leftover odors. 

Simmer spices. Spices like cinnamon and citrus peels are natural air fresheners that can get rid of kitchen odors fairly quickly. Simply simmer these spices in some water over the stove and your home will be smelling clean in no time!

Close the doors. Odors easily cling onto fabrics, so your best bet is to close your bedroom and closet doors before whipping up a delicious meal. This will ensure that the stench gets locked out, that way you won’t have to wake up to a room that smells like meat and onions.

At Triple S, we understand how important it is to keep your home smelling fresh. So, if you need help reducing kitchen odors, give us a call! We offer professional carpet, upholstery, and drapery cleaning!  Triple S has three main plant locations:

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Choosing White Kitchen Countertops

You can’t go wrong with white countertops! They work in almost every kitchen and have the ability to brighten up your space. But just because your countertop looks good, doesn’t mean it’s an ideal buy. Before you make your selection, consider the following three factors to make sure you choose the right type of material:

Natural Stone. Who doesn’t love having a high-quality product in their home? Not only is this material a one-of-a-kind, but it’s also heat-resistant and extremely durable. However, make sure you get it properly sealed! If you don’t you could risk the possibility of stains that will stick. Some of the most popular natural stones are granite and marble, which are both easy to maintain with a sealing.

Manufactured Surfaces.
Other popular choices of kitchen countertops are engineered. One of the more appealing elements of selecting a manufactured surface is that there are plenty of colors and materials from which you can choose. Some of these manufactured surfaces include quartz and laminate, and if you pick any color in the rainbow it can be made! However, these countertops are more importantly super durable, low-maintenance, and look very similar to stone.

Mix and Match. If you can’t decide on a type of countertop, try mixing and matching. This option is an up-and-coming trend where you can place quartz on the island and marble everywhere else. You can also opt to mix and match colors, meaning you can add black kitchen countertops in one spot and white countertops in another.

Still not sure which kitchen countertop is right for you? If you’re looking for a little more assistance, contact the textile specialists at Triple S. And if you’re past the decision-making process, call us for our professional stone sealing to protect your natural countertops for a long time to come! Triple S has three main plant locations:

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Selecting Your Grout Color

Choosing a grout color is oftentimes overlooked, but it can be just as important as selecting tile if you want to achieve the best design for your home. While picking your grout color can seem a little tricky, following these three approaches can make the decision-making process easier for you:

1. Matching. If you’re looking for a grout color that blends well with your tile selection then opt for either one shade lighter or one shade darker. The matching approach not only helps to tie a room together, but it also creates a unified look. Bonus tip: this is a great approach if you are using more expensive options like marble or granite.

2. Contrasting. If you’re looking to make your tile pop then choose grout with a contrasting color. By selecting a distinct hue, you can highlight the frame of each tile. Bonus tip: go for a thicker grout if you really want to frame and accent your decorative tile pattern.

3. Neutralizing. If you’re looking for a safe choice that you know you won’t regret then find a neutral shade. The neutral option is something that will appeal to all types of tile, which is why this approach is so widely recommended. Bonus tip: stay within the tan, beige, and gray family if you wish to achieve this look.

While it’s important to choose the perfect grout color, it’s even more essential to consider the type of grout you will be using. This is ensure that the grout and tile bond well together and hold up for years to come.

Are you already past the grout selection process and want to change the color? Triple S offers grout color sealing services that can not only make your grout a different color, but will also repair any damage! We have three main plant locations:

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

3 Glass Tile Bathroom Design Ideas for Summer

You don’t need to live on the beach to create a coastal-inspired room. If you’re looking to give your bathroom tile a facelift this summer, go for a color scheme that will make you feel like you’re right near the ocean. Here are three ideas for a glass tile design that you can install now and keep all year round:

  1. Go for blue. The color blue is a go-to choice when you want to create a beach theme in your home. One of the most beautiful tile options is blue mosaic tile because its light-reflecting qualities and glass texture mimic the clear, blue Atlantic ocean. Bonus tip: a natural palette that includes silver hardware, fresh green plants, and dark wood cabinets make for a serene space that feels just like a spa!

  2. Add shimmer. If you have muted decor in your bathroom, such as pale yellow and light green, you can emphasize contract by using glass tile. This option will make your room feel brighter without branching off from your original design too much. Bonus tip: incorporate a unique tile pattern to add a touch of fine art to your bathroom decor.  

  3. Create an accent wall. It may seem like your options are limited when your space is on the smaller side, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, a small wall in your bathroom is the perfect place to create an accent wall color - a bold design that’s easy on the eyes. For example, placing glass tile on an accent wall can highlight a focal point in your bathroom. Bonus tip: opt for Visionaire glass mosaic tile if you love the look of sea glass. 

Not only does a beach-inspired bathroom look luxurious, but it also brings a little extra light into your space. Once you’ve decided on the best glass tile design for your redecorating project, be sure to keep it looking new! Call Triple S for a professional grout and tile cleaning. And don’t forget to connect with us on social media for more home decor tips! We have three main plant locations:

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

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tips For Choosing the Perfect Sofa

Whether you’re settling into a new home or sprucing up your current living space, finding a new sofa can be an exciting project! When you walk into a store you might think you know exactly what you’re looking for, but seeing the endless options might make you scratch your head. Don’t panic - we’ve got you covered! Consider the following list of tips to help you find the perfect one:

Decide on size. Consider the size of your living room and how much room you want your couch to take up. Decide on the amount of seating you need and whether or not you will be adding additional chairs. Once you’ve come to a decision on the size, you can narrow down your options quite a bit.

Consider functionality. What is your lifestyle like? Do you use your space for watching TV and relaxing? Prefer to use the room for hosting parties? These questions will help you to determine how your sofa will be oriented - what type of layout you want to design.

Choose a proper shape.
Now that you’ve figured out the functionality of your furniture, you can decide on a shape that will best suit that purpose. For example, a simple L-shaped couch is a great option for open areas that need to be divided, while a rounder shape is more suitable for smaller spaces where you want to gather the family together.

Research materials. We all want our furniture to look great, but functionality is essential when it comes to choosing the right couch. Many of us would love to lounge on a plush, suede sofa, but if you have pets, this may not be the best choice for you. With that being said, it’s important to consider which material fits your lifestyle.

Find your style. Finding a couch to suit your personal taste can be tricky, but the key is to go with your instincts. Do you lean towards traditional or contemporary? Do you prefer clean lines or unique edges? Don’t forget to choose a color that reflects your style as well, whether that be a bright hue, a printed pattern, or a neutral tone.

Choosing the perfect sofa is about finding a balance between your personal taste and your lifestyle. If you’re a little nervous about committing to furniture that is out of your comfort zone, you can always opt for a funky ottoman, coffee table, or pillow arrangement.

Once you’ve settled on the right choice for your home, keep it clean by vacuuming often and scheduling a routine professional cleaning. Call the textile specialists at Triple S to learn more about our upholstery cleaning services. And don’t forget to connect with us on social media for more expert tips! We have three main plant locations:

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

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

How to Get Rid of Odors in Your Home

There’s almost nothing more unpleasant than walking into a home with a foul smell. While many things can contribute to bad odor, humid weather is a likely culprit during the summer. The problem with odors is that they can cling to your walls, furniture, and drapery. As your textile specialists in Connecticut and Westchester County, we’d like to help you prevent and get rid of these bad smells. Here are four tips to consider:

Open the windows.
One of the best ways you can get rid of odors is to crack open your windows for a breath of fresh air. Whether the temperatures outside are hot or cold, letting some natural air inside the house can remove airborne odors that linger.

Clean your air filters. Another effective way to clean the air in your home is to clean the filters in your HVAC system. Not only will this method improve your air quality, but it will also keep your air conditioner functioning properly. Take notice of when your air filters need to be changed.

Repaint the walls.
Sometimes old paint can cause a room to smell funky due to humidity. This is because moisture catches onto your walls and causes potential mold and mildew to grow. Need a solution? Give your walls a fresh, colorful coat. 

Vacuum it up. The most efficient way to get rid of odors is to vacuum your carpets and upholstery on a regular basis. However, before you take out the vacuum, you can sprinkle some baking soda onto your rugs, let it sit, and watch it absorb those dirt and oils that stink up your living space.

At Triple S, we understand the importance of keeping your home feeling and smelling fresh. If you need a help reducing the smell odors, give us a call! We offer professional carpet, upholstery, and drapery cleaning!  Triple S has three main plant locations:

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

Monday, July 6, 2015

How to Get Rid of Dog Smell From Furniture

Your furniture is just as comfortable for your dog as it is for you, but when you invite your four-legged friend to sit on your upholstery don't forget that you’re welcoming dirt too! With summer being a rainy season, your pet is more likely to carry odors inside the house.

If you allow your dog to lay on the couch with you, here are a few cleaning tips to help you keep your furniture smelling fresh:

Dust and vacuum. If your not-so-fresh furniture has removable cushions, take them outside in the backyard and smack them to remove any loose pet dander or fur. Then, vacuum your cushions and the space below them, where you’re most likely to find a build-up of dirt. Don’t forget the arms and legs of your upholstery - fur can accumulate there too!

Deodorizer with baking soda. Baking soda is known to absorb the unpleasant odors in your fridge, so why not try it on your furniture as well? Sprinkling a little baking soda on your upholstery can banish funky dog odors in no time at all. Let it sit overnight for maximum absorbency and vacuum up the powder afterwards.

Use a lint roller. Lint rollers are easily accessible in stores and can get the job done well. These sticky tools helps remove fur and dander that stink up your sofa and chairs. Can’t get a hold of a lint roller? Try wrapping box tape around the outside of your fingers and use that to eliminate fur from the couch.

Spray on repellent.
Sometimes getting rid of all that fur and dander doesn’t necessarily make the odor vanish. If this is the case, then freshen up your furniture using repellent spray - a stain-resistant alternative. You can also opt for adding citrus essential oil into a spray bottle. This works well because dogs don’t love the fragrance, which means they’re more likely to stay away when you need them too.

For more expert tips on how to freshen up your furniture and get rid of pet odors, connect with Triple S on Facebook and Twitter! And don’t forget to give us a call if you need a professional cleaning for your upholstery! We have three main plant locations:

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