Make Do And Mend: Fix, Don’t Replace Problem Areas In Your Home


When something goes wrong in the home, the knee-jerk reaction is to replace it. Sometimes this is necessary. However, there are lots of fixes we can apply ourselves if we’re in the know.

Spills

Your heart sinks as you spill that glass of red wine, mug of coffee, or plate of curry. It never happens in the kitchen where you can wipe away the stain from the linoleum. It’s always on the lounge carpet or settee. Stains like these seem impossible to remove, and it’s understandable that you feel you have no option to replace the affected area, which can be costly. However, the problem can be resolved quickly and simply by enlisting the help of a carpet stain removal specialist, and at a fraction of the cost. Your carpet and upholstery will look as good as new in no time at all, and will smell clean and fresh.

Peeling Wallpaper

Wallpaper that starts to peel at the edges can look unsightly and gives the impression that your home needs some TLC. Before dashing out to the DIY store and gathering sample books, try the following. All you need is a small tub of wallpaper paste and a clean sheet of plain paper. Apply some paste to the paper and slide it under the peeling edge. The paper is thin and can be pushed up and underneath the area coming away from the wall without tearing it. Gently remove the sheet of paper and smooth down the wallpaper to remove any bubbles. This will save you the time and money you would need to invest to repaper the whole are. So you can spend your money on the little luxuries that will make your home more comfortable.

Cushions And Pillows

Cushions and pillows don’t last forever. They become stained and lose their shape over time. If you opt for machine-washable versions, they can last a little longer. Remove coverings and wash the cushion/pillow insert according to instructions. The washing and drying process can leave them looking a little lumpy. To counteract this, place them in the dryer with dryer balls. The action of the balls will gently tease the pads back into shape and avoid that lumpy, uneven look. Clean tennis balls will also do the trick.

For cushions that don’t need washing, try leaving them in the sun for a couple of hours. This will dry any moisture that has seeped into them over time and leave them plump and fluffy.


Pet Hair On Curtains

Pet owners are familiar with the constant battle of keeping their homes free from the build-up of pet hair. Most of this can be vacuumed, but it’s not so simple when it comes to curtains and fabric blinds. You end up with something that looks like a tide mark around the base. Many curtains can’t be placed in the washing machine, and even if they can, it’s a real hassle to take them down, launder them, iron them, and rehang them. Sticky lint rollers don’t always pick up all of the fur. Fortunately, a simple device is all it takes to pick up the hairs and clean the area. It’s cheap and easy to use. Just rub gently across the fur to lift it off.

Adopt the make do and mend mentality in your home and breathe new life into furnishings. The money you save can be put to good use and spent on things you enjoy.