Fall Sports Family Survival Must Haves

Fall Sports Family Survival Must Haves

Mom, where’s my practice jersey? Where are my shin guards? Where’s my other sock?

Whether your child plays soccer, football or hockey, fall sports season is underway in Middle Tennessee. While there are only so many times we can remind our youth athletes to keep their gear organized, there are steps parents can take sure everyone is organized and stress free on practice and game days!

Here are 10 must have items to keep on hand to help you survive fall sports:
First Aid Kit

While most coaches carry a first aid kit, it’s helpful to keep your own. Include bandages, alcohol wipes, aspirin or other pain reliever, and first aid ointment, such as Neosporin.

Blanket

You never know when you’ll need a blanket for an impromptu seat on the sidelines or for its intended purpose – to keep warm!

Hand Sanitizer

Sports complexes and schools don’t always have the best equipped outdoor bathrooms. Keep hand sanitizer on standby.

Water & Healthy Snacks

Here in Middle Tennessee, practices can be held in 90 degree weather. Make sure everyone stays hydrated. A large water jug can be used to refill water bottles. Portable snacks like grapes, granola bars, fruit leather and raisins don’t require refrigeration and are easy to eat.

Sunscreen

Keep sunscreen on hand and be sure to toss some in your kids’ sports bags. (Keep bottled sunscreen in a resealable bag and in a separate zippered pocket to avoid spills).

Camping Chair

Keep an extra camping chair in your trunk or hatch just in case complex bleachers are full or you need a place to sit.

Umbrella

An extra large umbrella comes in handy to shield yourself from rain (or sun.)

Extra Bags

You may need to transport muddy cleats home in your car but you may not want to after you see them (and smell them!) Consider keeping a bag of large Ziploc type bags in your car to seal up dirty shoes and socks.

Cash

If you’re headed to a game or tournament you may need cash for admission or concessions stands and you won’t find an ATM on site. Do yourself a favor and make sure you have cash, small bills especially!

Hand and Feet Warmers

Lastly, while it is still warm throughout most of fall sports seasons, end-of-season night games start to get chilly. Do yourself a favor and buy hand and feet warmers before they sell out at the first mention of frost or snow!

Muddy cleats ruin your carpet? Call CitruSolution! Our fast-drying cleaning formula is perfect for busy families. Plus it smells great!

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

Four Quick Tips for Making Upholstery Last

Four Quick Tips for Making Upholstery Last

Your upholstered furniture, such as your sofa or accent chairs, often take center stage in your home. Why not invest in routine maintenance measures that will help it last as long as possible?

Turn the Cushions

If your upholstered furniture is a piece that is used quite often, such as a sofa, it is always best practice to regularly turn the cushions. This helps avoid uneven wear and tear on your furniture. You flip your mattress on a regular basis, so add your sofa and upholstered seating cushions into the mix!

Vacuum

You may not see the dust that collects on your upholstered furniture, but the same dust that settles on to your floors and wood furniture lands on your sofa. Vacuum your upholstered furniture weekly. Use your vacuum’s brush attachment to loosen any dirt and then vacuum with a hand-held attachment. (Oh, and parents don’t forget to remove any removable cushions so that you can vacuum underneath. Be prepared to find lost socks, crayons, pencils and remotes.) Routine vacuuming also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the fibers.

Avoid Sunlight

Although you may want your beautiful new upholstered accent chair or ottoman to get the spotlight in your decor, positioning it in an area that receives maximum sunlight isn’t such a great idea. Fabric fades when exposed to ultraviolet rays, so make sure your investment upholstered pieces are not in direct sunlight.

Schedule a Professional Cleaning

In addition to effectively cleaning carpet, did you know CitruSolution’s citrus-based nontoxic cleaner can also keep your upholstered furniture looking (and smelling)  like new

Our proprietary three-step cleaning process begins by misting CitruSolution over the part to be cleaned using the Hudson never pump electric sprayer. Next, using a specialized upholstery mitt, we rub the non-toxic CitruSolution into the fabric to activate the cleansers. Then, using a terry cloth towel, we wipe off the dirt and grime that the CitruSolution has loosened and encapsulated. Finally, we vacuum the piece(s) thoroughly. Certain types of fabrics or cushions require that we use a small extractor, which is similar to a powerful wet/dry vacuum, to remove embedded soil from heavily soiled areas.

Your upholstered furniture pieces are often focal points of your home decor. Invest in ongoing care of these investment pieces and they’ll look as new as long as possible!

Nashville area carpet cleaning company CitruSolution utilizes environmentally-friendly, citrus-based cleanser for safe, effective, child/pet friendly cleaning. Working in Brentwood, Nashville, and Franklin Tennessee since 2008, CitruSolution is safe and effective for Oriental Rugs, carpeting, and upholstered furniture. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and call us at (615) 333-8977 to schedule an appointment.

Removing Pet Stains With CitruSolution of Middle Tennessee

Removing Pet Stains With CitruSolution of Middle Tennessee

Pets bring an enormous amount of joy to our homes and our families. But with each bundle of love comes a load of responsibility, including cleaning up after surprise messes they leave behind. When guilty pets leave behind evidence of their crime scene, CitruSolution can save the day.

We are all aware that accidents will happen when living with a dog or cat. But it is vital to deep clean the traces of these stains and odors immediately after they occur. Because animals have such a strong sense of smell, they will zone in on these tainted areas and continue to view them as their territory. In order to prevent this kind of cyclical habit from extending itself, it is essential that you use the proper cleaning tools to eradicate these stains.

We realize that it is unrealistic to call a professional carpet cleaning service every time your pet leaves behind a messy deposit inside your home. That’s where CitruSolution of Middle Tennessee comes in:

  • CitruSolution will not only leave your carpets smelling great, but when combined with Odorcide 210 (deodorizer) and a botanical antimicrobial (Benefect), will actually eliminate the urine smell in your carpets and serve as a deterrent to your pets using the same area in the future.
  • We provide each customer with a 32oz spray bottle of our CitruSpotter to clean up pet stains in-between professional cleanings.
  • Our unique CitruSpotter formula quickly and efficiently removes these stains without leaving behind a soapy residue.

If your pet does have an accident, it requires immediate attention. Do not clean the area with soap and water or detergents! Blot up the excess liquid with an old towel or paper towels. Then, spray liberally with CitruSpotter an area about twice the size of the spot and dry again. If you’re an annual customer, we’ll even refill the CitruSpotter at no charge!

The truth is, carpets require attention and care just like pets. To maintain a healthy, stain-free home, we recommend that homeowners with pets vacuum at least 2-3 times per week and regularly empty your vacuum bag. For anyone with pets or children, we advise that you get your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year to maintain a healthy home.

Are you ready to remove the pet stains from your Middle Tennessee home? Give us a call today at 615-333-8977 and discover why pet owners in Middle Tennessee trust CitruSolution to remove pet stains and keep their carpet and upholstery in pristine shape!

Contact us today for a free quote so you and your pets can live in harmony once more.