If you take care of your home now you will have less that you need to do in the future. Upkeep can prevent the need for replacing certain things. If you take care of things like you carpet, hardwood floors, and even your linoleum, you’ll be less likely to need to replace these things later on.
Cleaning isn’t much fun, but neither is spending a ton of money on new stuff from your home when with a little effort you could have made those things last far longer. Here are a few things that, when done on a regular basis, can help you save money in the future.
Scrub Your Floors Once In Awhile
If you have linoleum or tile floors, cleaning them is important. You need to clean the grout, as well, so you can keep your floor looking shiny and new. While there are professionals out there that can do the job for you, some simple elbow grease can make your kitchen and bathroom floors look like new.
Use cleaners made for your type of floor. Don’t be afraid to get down on your hands and knees. And, make sure you get into those crevices.
Get Your Carpet Shampooed
Carpets can last the life of your home, you just need to take care of them. Consider having a shoeless home, which can help protect your carpet from some dirt and grime, and it can help a fluffy carpet keep it’s fluff more. If you want to get rid of indents when you move furniture you can just put some ice cubes there and let them melt, then vacuum.
By shampooing your carpet on a regular basis you will be keeping your home clean, getting rid of many allergens, and your carpet will stay looking nicer for longer. You don’t want to clean it too much if it may cause fading though. Cleaning your carpet, even if you have to rent a cleaner, is much cheaper than replacing it!
Instead of always replacing your furniture when it gets faded, stained, or worn out, consider reupholstering items that still have a good amount of life left to them. Obviously if you have loose springs in your couch or your chair cushion is sagging some new material isn’t going to fix the issue.
You could also save furniture from the start, especially if you have pets or young kids, by using couch and chair covers, which can easily come off and get washed.
Use Magic Erasers
One last thing, you may not need to replace counters or paint walls when you have stains. Buy some magic erasers first. These things are cheap and can work wonders.