A technology that was developed for use in outer space may now help zap dirt and allergens in your home.
It’s yet another case where “rocket science” has come home to improve life on earth. The technology, an X-ray analyzer “gun” used on Space Shuttle Discovery, has been adapted to measure exactly how much soil cleaning products remove from carpet.
That’s good news for homeowners because this technology is being used to keep today’s durable stain-resistant rugs cleaner and help them last even longer.
Periodic Deep Cleaning
Vacuums and wet-cleaning equipment that you buy or rent can remove loose soil, spots and spills. But even with this type of regular cleaning, soil builds up.
Proper carpet care requires periodic deep cleaning, preferably every 12 to 18 months, to remove trapped soil and residues, say experts. Professionals using portable extractors and equipment mounted in service vans do this type of cleaning. Your carpet warranty may require such periodic cleaning.
Not all cleaning equipment and solutions clean equally well. Independent testing shows that various cleaning detergents and spot removers clean no better than water.
These cleaning products can leave a sticky residue that attracts soil back to the carpet, degrading carpet appearance. There are also vast differences in the soil removal capability of carpet cleaning equipment, especially extractors.
Seal of Approval
Fortunately, the X-ray fluorescence technology enhanced by NASA has allowed the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) to develop a new Seal of Approval testing and certification program for carpet cleaning products.
Only those products meeting high performance standards receive the bronze-, silver- or gold-level Seal of Approval. This not only helps customers recognize quality products, but it also highlights the best methods for preserving the life and beauty of carpet.
Carpet Cleaning Machines
With the invention of Carpet, the invention of a Carpet cleaning machine was not far away. The first hand held Carpet cleaning machine was designed and tested in the 1860’s in Chicago, while the first power operated vacuum machine was invented in the early 1900’s by an English man named H. Cecil Booth.
At around the same time as H. Cecil Booth’s invention, a man by the name of James Murray Spangler came up with his own vacuum cleaner invention, which he later sold to his cousin Hoover. As you well know, Hoover has become one of the most prominent names in the vacuum cleaning machine business and is certain one of the most popular household names in the western world.
The vacuum cleaner was heralded as a blessing in disguise for many housewives, whose weekly task it was to keep the house clean. Initially, vacuum cleaners were only capable of sucking up dust and dirt, but with modern technology inventors were soon capable of designing a wet-cleaner that can steam carpets and kill germs.
Carpet was capable of covering the floor of a house, flat, or bungalow and keeping peoples feet warm in winter. Initially, people needed to sweep their floors, or carpets, but with the invention of the vacuum cleaner, people could easily detract the dirt and dust from their carpets with less effort. It was also realized that businesses, apartments and corporations would need someone to clean their carpets too, so the invention of the commercial carpet cleaners was next.
Essentially, the vacuum cleaner operates using a pump system. The pumping device sucks up air from a house, which in turn sucks up the dust and dirt from anything in front of the house opening. Inside the vacuum cleaner is a filtering system that collects the dust and dirt that can later be placed in the garbage outside.
Currently there are seven main types of vacuum cleaners;
- the upright vacuum cleaner,
- the Canister vacuum cleaner,
- the back-pack style vacuum cleaner,
- the built-in vacuum cleaner,
- the robotic vacuum cleaner,
- the hand held vacuum cleaner
- and the wet/dry vacuum cleaners.
These different types of vacuum cleaners are available in different styles, sizes and have various voltage/power potentials.
One of the most significant developments in carpet cleaning machines has been the invention of the cyclone carpet cleaner. Unlike previous carpet cleaning machines, the cyclone carpet cleaner collects dust and dirt in a large cylinder type container. The cyclone carpet cleaner operates using a central air force and a number of filters. These filters filter the dust and dirt into stages, so that the air being sucked up into the cylinder container can then be cleaned and re-released into the air through a central outlet.
Robotic vacuum cleaners are also a relatively new invention, enabling the carpet to be cleaned by a carpet cleaning machine without the need of people power. Using a simple control mechanisms, the robotic vacuum cleaner can navigate its way around the floor of an apartment, or home, cleaning dust and particles from the floor and then return to its docking station for re-charging.
Interior Design Made Fun And Easy
Have you been living in your home for many years or is a new living environment for you? Either way, you probably see some areas of the home that you are not impressed with. There are simple interior design techniques that you can use to transform your home into a place that you are proud to call home.
Figure out what you want the focal point of the room to be. This is going to be one thing that the room is going to center around. It can be a window, a desk, a piece of artwork – whatever you’d like it to be. Once you know what your focal point is, you can arrange the room so that it compliments that focal point.
A great interior design tip is to start going to more yard sales and thrift stores. You’d be amazed at some of the unique things that you can find at these avenues versus the typical places like Ikea. You might come across a great end table or beautifully decorated vase.
Choose your colors carefully when you’re looking at repainting a room. You want to choose colors that go well together and compliment each other. You don’t want colors that clash and fight for attention. You want your colors to blend together and feel natural. Don’t go with too many bright colors, or you risk overwhelming your senses.
Start your decorating project by getting rid of unnecessary items and organizing the things you need. Almost every single home can derive benefits by simply cleaning up the rooms, closets, and drawers, as well as eliminating all the old stuff that is not used. You could give extra stuff to charity, recycle them, or sell them through a yard sale so that you can earn some extra money.
Have you ever heard the old saying about taking off one piece of jewelry before you leave your home? The same rule applies to interior design. Once you finish decorating a room, give it a good look and spend some time editing down your design. Even if you love every pillow, plant, or picture in your home, you don’t want a room to look cluttered.
Don’t forget your floors! So many people spend time fixing the walls and getting furniture that they forget one aspect of a room that can transform it: the floor. If you have tired, worn carpet, consider changing over to a smooth, bright wood surface. Wood laminate can also work. These materials are shiny, don’t get as dirty, and look much more sleek.
Make sure that you try to add as many accessories as you can to outfit the different rooms in your house. These can include lamps, colored fruits or different ceramic pieces that go along with the theme and color scheme in your house. Accessories are both fun and can inject energy into your design.
Have you been wondering what to do to make your coffee table more pleasant to look at and less cluttered? Think about placing a few focal items on the coffee table such as some large books and a small vase with some cut flowers, this is a nice touch for any room.
Use warm flooring in the bedroom. A cold floor can be a nasty shock first thing in the morning. Be sure to use something like carpet or wood flooring in the bedroom. Avoid ceramic, marble, or any other cool surfaces. If warm flooring isn’t an option, put a rug down under or near the bed.
When you have book shelves in your room, you should not worry about filling them completely with books, take advantage of your book shelf space. You can put some nice knickknacks or memorabilia on the shelves to create a personalized focal point that will interest your guests and have you enjoying your space even more.
As you have learned, interior design can be easy and making changes can make a big difference in your home. You can quickly update the home you have lived in for years or make your new home the place you want to be. Take pride and joy in the place that you call home by taking the step of interior design.