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Tips for Keeping Your Rental Furniture Clean

 

If you’ve rented a great looking piece of furniture, you’ve probably made that decision in part to save money; that’s why you didn’t buy it outright. However, if you don’t take care of that furniture, you can find yourself keeping it anyway—and not in the wonderful condition you got it! Keeping your rental furniture looking amazing has to be a high priority, and with a little care, you can easily make it happen.. Here are our best tips for keeping your rental furniture in tip-top shape.

 

Vacuum upholstered furniture regularly

Experts don’t always agree about how often you should vacuum your upholstered furniture, but they all agree that it needs to be done. A standard rule of thumb is once every one to three months. Always use the vacuum’s brush or upholstery attachment, or cover the hose with a soft cloth if you don’t have the attachment—this prevents any damage to the fabric.

 

Fluff and flip

Beyond vacuuming, upholstered furniture with cushions needs fluffing and flipping. To maintain their comfort and shape, fluff the cushions just like you would a bed pillow, and do this about once a week. Then, about every other week you should flip your cushions. This allows them to maintain their shape and wear evenly.

 

Read the tags

You’ve probably heard the saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure”; remember that you need to read your furniture tags because one sofa’s cleaning solution is another sofa’s damaging chemical. Not all upholstery cleaners are safe on all fabrics! The tag will tell you what’s safe to use.

W = it’s safe to use foaming or water-based cleaning agents.

S = water and water-based products are NOT safe to use and may damage the fabric; use water-free cleaning solvents or dry clean.

SW = use foaming or water-based cleaning agents, or mild water-free cleaning solvents, but only one at a time.

furnX = vacuuming only.

 

Test first

If you’ve never used a cleaner on a fabric or you don’t have tags to check, test a small area on the back or near the bottom of the piece—somewhere that isn’t noticeable—in case there is damage.

 

Avoid bright sunlight, intense heat, and high humidity

Bright sunlight can fade both fabrics and wood furniture. High heat can dry out and eventually crack leather and wood. Extreme humidity can cause mildew and warping. Keep furniture arranged out of direct sunlight if possible, and control the climate.

 

Keep food and drinks away from furniture

We all know not to spill things on the sofa, yet we all love to eat there in front of the television. However, this is one of the serious danger zones for your furniture, and the danger grows exponentially if you have children or guests drinking wine or other alcohol. Play it safe: keep the food and drinks away from your upholstered furniture.

Respond to spills immediately

However, when you don’t keep the food and drinks away, and disaster strikes, don’t let it sit! Blot spills gently and right away. Then clean as directed for the surface.

 

Use a stain protecting spray

If your rental contract allows it, invest in a stain protecting spray that can keep spills from being absorbed into the upholstery. These buy you time to clean up quickly; they do not render your furniture impervious to damage.

 

Stick to a schedule

If you know you need to vacuum upholstery every three months, set it on your schedule. Likewise, if you’re on a schedule for fluffing and flipping cushions, or any other maintenance, make it part of cleaning your routine.

 

Invest in professional cleaning

Even the most fastidious housekeeper should consider investing in professional upholstery cleaning about once a year so that whatever grime and dirt gets on your furniture never sets in. When you provide regular upkeep and an annual cleaning from a pro, your upholstery will stay beautiful.

 

Use slipcovers

If you have furniture that gets used less often, consider covering it with slipcovers—or just a clean sheet if you’re just looking to keep things clean on a budget. This stops dust from collecting on the surface and then being ground into the fabric when someone sits down, and it can also guard against a pet hair takeover.

 

Protect surfaces

Protect your tabletops with coasters, glass coverings, placemats, runners, or tablecloths, especially if you have young artists in the house.

 

The bottom line

Keeping furniture showroom new isn’t always possible, but you can definitely keep it looking fantastic with some simple preventative maintenance. Remember these tips for keeping your rental furniture clean, and you’ll never need any tips for cleaning furniture! You’ll also be protecting your money-saving investment.

Moving Facts and Statistics

Moving Facts and Statistics

 

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How often do people move?

  • The average American moves about 11 to 12 times in their lifetime.

 

How many people move each year?

  • An estimated 43 million Americans move every year.

 

Americans move more than people in most other countries in the world. In 2013, 24% of the U.S. population reported having moved within the past five years.

 

Why do people move?

  • 40% for work
  • 42% personal reasons
  • 18% military or government relocations

 

In 2013, the state people moved to most was Oregon. The state people moved out of most was New Jersey.

 

Ironically, though, people in the Northeast part of the US move the least, while those in the West move the most.

 

33% of renters move each year.

 

Moving is the third most stressful life event; death is first, divorce is second.

 

The average mover is part of a couple between the ages of 25 and 44 with one or two kids between 2 and 11.

 

62% of Americans live in the state they were born in.

 

When do people move?

Nearly half of all moves take place in the summer, when days are longer and school is out, between the beginning of May and Labor Day.

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Everything You Should Know About Moving Into Your First Home

We all know that moving can be stressful—even more so if you don’t plan for what’s coming. But how can you plan for something you’ve never done? Here are our best tips for moving into your first home, so you can be prepared for the unexpected during moving.

Planning for unexpected moving expenses

Naturally, you’ve prepared to pay your movers (or treat your friends to lots of pizza and beer, whatever works!) but there are some moving expenses that first-timers often forget:

Unusual utility costs and fees – Sometimes moving into a new place, especially if it’s in a new city or state, will mean fairly large deposits for utilities. If you’re going from an apartment to a house you may have new bills for the garbage and sewer, for example. Also, how you heat a home changes from place to place. Will you have a furnace? A radiator? Will you need propane, oil, firewood, or anything else? Make sure you know before you’re hitting the road.

Insurance surprises – Needless to say, surprises from your insurance company are never fun. You probably already know that your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance costs will likely change when you move, but did you know that your car insurance, your life insurance, and sometimes even your health insurance rates might also change along with your address? Find out well in advance so your first bill in your new place isn’t a shock.

Storage – Often when you move you discover you have a lot less space than you imagined. If so, you’ll need to invest in some storage until you figure out what to do with your stuff.  For your own sanity, know where the storage options are, and how much they cost so you can make a quick decision if needed.

New stuff – We’ve all been there: that old, rickety table collapses on the way out to the moving truck and gets left on the curb. Despite your best efforts, items get ruined in the move. Be ready to replace things that might be too old or in too poor a state for your new place. Cut these costs considerably by renting things like furniture or appliances initially.

 

Once you take possession before your stuff is inside

Congratulations, you made it! You’re halfway there. But before you start moving in, take steps to stay on the safe side:

Change the locks – No matter what, always do this immediately.

Find out where key infrastructure is – Get acquainted with the main water valve, the circuit breaker, the hot water heater, and the thermostat. Find out where everything is for those times you might need to be relighting a pilot light, or checking to see if a breaker was tripped.

Look for plumbing problems – Even if you had a home inspection, double check. Look for running toilets, dripping faucets, and any signs of leaks around the water heater.

Pest control – Not everyone does this, but it can be a good idea—especially if your place has been vacant for awhile (or if previous tenants were slobs)—to schedule a visit from pest control.

Steam the carpets – If you’ve got carpets, steam clean them before you move in, even if they look perfect. You’d be surprised what can get trapped in there.

 

Moving day and beyond

As you’re finally moving into your new place, enjoy the excitement! This is a big deal. Here are some final pointers to ease the way:

Drawers – To save time and effort, tightly fold your clothing and keep it in your drawers. You can pull the drawers themselves out of the furniture’s frame to carry to the truck, and then replace them for the ride.

Cleaning supplies – Even if your new place has been professionally cleaned, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll need to clean something up on moving day. Keep cleaning supplies handy so you don’t have to dig through things or make a frustrating trip to the store.

Keep a lid on your buying – It’s a lot of fun to shop for a new place and it’s even easier to get caught up in the excitement of the move, but don’t buy everything at once. Ease into it, and remember that you can save a lot of money—not to mention try out a new style—by renting furniture in your new place until you’re really ready to buy.

Extra cash – Remember, most people end up ordering out a lot for at least the whole week of their move. Be ready with some extra cash set aside for this so you don’t worry about ordering out, and enjoy your take-out pizza in peace.

Get out your welcome mat! – Even though you may be tired or feeling kind of grubby after the move, make sure you wave and say hi to new neighbors you might see. Leave out a welcome mat, literally, if you have one. Let people know that you’re glad to be there, and eager to meet them. You might make some new friends, or even score a dinner invite when you’re at the end of your unpacking rope and can’t find a single pan or dish anywhere.

 

The bottom line

Moving can be a chore, especially as a first-timer. But if you keep everything you should know about moving into your first home in mind, you’ll be great! Don’t forget, you can cross a few tasks off your list, get a great new look, and save plenty of money by renting furniture for your new place from Fashion Furniture Rental.

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Tackle Your Spring Cleaning Chores

Spring means warm weather, longer days, outdoor adventures, and of course, spring cleaning.

The change into the warmer months often signals a need to deep clean the house (something about spring, fresh flowers and the general “newness” of the season, perhaps). Now let’s be real–for most people, the idea of an immaculate and pristine home sounds wonderful, but the thought of doing the actual cleaning is dreadful (unless you’re channeling your inner Monica Geller à la “Friends”). Fret not! We’ve put together Fashion’s Ultimate Guide for Hassle-Free Spring Cleaning.

First, make a home cleaning list. Writing everything down will keep you organized and will keep your from aimlessly wandering around your house trying to figure out what to do next. What should you add to your list? The big “must clean” items tend to be under the sofa, vacuuming the edges/corners of all the rooms, cleaning out vents. Organize the rest of your list by room so you know exactly what to get done. Check out a room-by-room cleaning guide here, and sample spring cleaning lists here and here.

Additionally, think about the small things you can do around the house. Small actions can make a BIG impact, especially when it comes to organizing and decluttering a space. Revamp a junk drawer, organize a book shelf, and be vigilant about throwing stuff away.

Once your to-do list is finalized, break up the chores. Don’t attempt to do everything in one go! You won’t get it done, you’ll get frustrated, you’ll abandon your tasks, and nothing will be clean. Take our advice–spread out those tasks.

Lastly, commit to cleaning year-round. You don’t necessarily have to do deep-clean regularly (but if you want do, that’s cool!) By holding yourself accountable by doing small things during the year, you’ll not only keep your home looking cleaner on a daily basis, but you’ll save yourself from having to painstakingly set aside hours and hours of time to clean everything at once. Try this method for a few weeks and you may be surprised at how much easier it is to keep your place looking spic and span.

And, if part of your spring cleaning resolution includes a total furniture revamp, considering renting furniture for a fresh look! Contact Fashion Furniture Rental to get started.

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Making Friends In A New City

You found a new place, figured out it was better to rent furniture vs. buy it, and you’re ready to take on your new city! If you moved to a town where you don’t know a soul, you may feel a little anxious or unsure about how to make some new friends. We’ve got four tips to help combat the awkwardness and create a new friend group.

Find Your Local Dog Park

If you have a dog, seek out your neighborhood’s pooch-friendly park. Dogs are great ice breakers, plus your new friends will have the inside scoop on the dog-friendly places in town. Make a suggestion to bring the pups on a playdate while you and your new friends grab coffee. If you’re not comfortable striking up a conversation on your own, there are meetup groups for dog owners you can try as well.

Be A Team Player

Check out adult sport leagues in your city and join a team! Not only will stay fit and active, you’ll meet a new group of people and have an automatic way to bond. Additionally, signing up for a team means you will be the same people week after week, which is helpful when building new relationships. Plus, many sports team like to head out to the bar after a game for a celebratory drink–bonus points for checking out the local watering hole.

Say Yes!

It’s so easy to tell a new acquaintance “no thanks” when they invite you out for drinks. Our first instinct in a new place is to stay cozy in the comfort of the familiar–our apartment for a good ol’ Netflix binge. Fight the urge to hibernate and say, “Heck, yes!” to that invitation. You’ll gain fun experiences, stories, and those acquaintances will eventually turn into good friends.

Be Confident…and Patient

Don’t be afraid to ask someone to grab coffee or drinks if you think they’ll be a good person to know–and don’t be hurt if they say no. You put yourself out there, and that deserves a high-five! Establishing new relationships takes time! While it may be frustrating, taking the time to nurture new friendships will be totally worth it in the end.

 

 

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Decorate with the Pantone Color of The Year

Have you heard? The new Pantone 2017 color of the year is Greenery, a fresh color that emulates those first few days of spring. (Unfamiliar with Pantone? Check them out here!) Now that you’re in the know about the hottest color trend, how can you incorporate Greenery into your home? Better Home & Gardens has you covered:

Accent Wall

Dive right into the color trend of the year with a statement wall. Gorgeous green pulls natural light in from windows and instantly gives your bedroom that cheerful upgrade it’s been lacking. Blue bedding and furniture provides a natural color complement.

Greenery Accent Wall

Bring The Outdoors In

Expect to see a lot more indoor plants this year with Greenery on the rise. But don’t fret if you lack a green thumb — air plants are low maintenance yet still seamlessly connect your interior escape to your backyard oasis.

      Outdoors

All About Accents

Don’t have the budget for an extreme makeover? There’s nothing a few throw pillows can’t fix! Bring flourishes of green into your home with pillows, blankets, wall art, and more. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how fast this natural color can liven up a room.

Accents

Draping Beauty

This zesty green shade shines most when close to its natural habitat. Dress your windows with new drapes that complement the foliage outside. Pro tip: Drapes long enough to brush the floor make a cramped room appear larger.

Draping

Faded Trend

If you have a soft spot for muted colors, this faded green hue may better align with your design style. Pale green still achieves a fresh look but doesn’t overwhelm your senses. We love pairing this color with a dark brick fireplace.

Faded Trend

Sitting Pretty

Consider Pantone’s Color of the Year if you have furniture shopping on your horizon. Greenery looks perfect in a sunroom or screened-in porch. The color invites you to sit down and make yourself at home.

Sitting Pretty

Natural Art

You don’t have to water daily to achieve a home with natural beauty. Check out this seriously cool plant art. Larger-than-life leaves bring excitement to this cozy living room. We love all the natural elements that come with Greenery!

Natural Art

 

Tinted Tile

Inexpensive tile is a great way to incorporate color into your home. Change the entire look of your kitchen by outfitting the backsplash in vibrant green tile. Trust us — this will stun your guests!

Tinted Tile

Look Up

Turn your hallway makeover on its head! If you’re at a loss for inspiration, paint your hallway ceiling a burst of color that will shock guests. We love how this paint treatment draws the eye up to showcase a gorgeous chandelier.

Look Up

An Apple Day

This is certainly the easiest, and tastiest, tip on our list! If you can’t get Greenery in your home fast enough, take a trip to the grocery store! Fill your kitchen with fresh green fruits, like these picture-perfect apples. Pair with lemons for a complementary centerpiece that’s almost too cute to eat.

An Apple a day

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Why Sleep Matters

While it might seem to be a mundane activity, sleep is a crucial part to living a happy and healthy lifestyle. It contributes not only to your physical health, but to your mental and emotional well-being as well. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s article, How Much Sleep Do We Really Need, adults (aka anyone 18 and over) should be getting between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. School-aged children need 8-11 hours. (Raise your hand if you don’t meet this on a regular basis. Guilty as charged over here).

What can a good night’s sleep really do? Consistently getting a good night’s sleep can lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and helps to keep your hormone levels stable. Sleep also can improve memory and  the learning process–when you fall asleep, your brain “practices” the skills you tackled while you were awake, according to Health.com. They also say a full night of snoozing can additionally help children pay better attention in school, curb mood swings, and decrease impulsive behavior.

Ready to snooze? Check out these tried and true tips for getting your best night’s sleep and feeling refreshed.

Stick To A Sleep Schedule

Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every night (even on your days off!) Your body will adjust to the routine and a schedule will reinforce your body’s sleep cycle, ensuring you get the best sleep possible.

No Late Night Lattes

This may go without saying, but caffeine too late in the day will wreck havoc on your bedtime routine. If you’re still dying for that afternoon cup of coffee, try switching to decaf coffee or tea six hours before bedtime. Same rule applies for soda and energy drinks, which are loaded with both caffeine and sugar and can negatively affect the quality of your sleep.

Avoid Distractions In Your Bedroom

Ideally, this means no TVs and no checking your phone in bed (again, guilty over here). Make your bed and bedroom are a relaxing, serene, sleep-only zone. Looking at screens before bedtime increases stimulation and stress. Associating your bed with activities other than sleeping (working, checking emails, watching TV) makes it harder for your body to relax when you’re ready for bed.

Invest In Your Mattress

The quality of your sleep is only as good as your mattress. Good sleep starts with good support–without this, you won’t be comfortable. A top-notch mattress helps with your spine alignment and even regulates body temperature (yes, even the fabric of your mattress matters). When you rent from Fashion Furniture, you can feel confident that you’ll best your best sleep. Choose the mattress that’s perfect for you from our three sleep system categories based on the support and comfort you need. Our team is ready to guide you and help hand-pick your perfect bed so you’ll feel rested night after night.

Ready to sleep well? Contact us to get started!

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When Is The Best Time To Look For A New Apartment?

A new year often means new goals, new changes, perhaps a new apartment. You may be ready for a change in your living situation,  but when is the best time to move into your new pad? There are a lot of factors when it comes to looking for an apartment–price, inventory, and competition, for example. Despite claims, there is never a “perfect time” to move. Each season has it’s perks and drawbacks. Let’s take a look:

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Simple Tips For Decorating Your Small Apartment For Christmas

If you’re struggling on how to incorporate your love for all things Christmas into your small apartment space, we’ve got the perfect guide for you! From simple twinkle lights to colorful ornaments, these ideas will have you busting out the eggnog and signing Christmas carols in no time!

Easy and Mouth-Watering Thanksgiving Side Dishes

With Thanksgiving only a week away, you’re probably busy making plans for the star of the meal, the turkey.