Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fall cleaning/laundry organization/carpet terms

Here are a few more terms for our home economics glossary. These are related to carpets:

Berber -- a type of loop-pile carpet style. It is tufted with thick yarn such as wool or nylon or olefin. The Berber carpet may have random specks of color which contrast with the base hue. Berber carpeting gives an informal and casual look, yet it has a full and comfortable feel.
Luster -- brightness or sheen of carpets, fibers, yarns, or fabrics.
Pile -- the visible surface of a carpet -- It is made of yarn tufts in looped or cut fashion. Synonyms are nap or face.
Pile crush -- This is when the pile falls due to heavy traffic or wear. The pile loses thickness because the the tufts collapse into the air space between them. Sometimes, this is irreversible. However, regular vacuuming can help to keep the pile lifted so that the pile either does not crush to begin with or perhaps fluff up pile which has fallen.
Plush - Plush carpeting has a luxurious and smooth-textured curface. The individual tufts are only slightly visible. The overall appearance looks like a single level of yarn ends. This is usually a cut pile carpet, rather than a looped one.
Looped pile -- carpet pile made of uncut loops. This may be tufted or woven.
Tufted -- carpet made by pushing tufts of yarn through a carpet backing fabric.
Twist -- the twisting of yarn around itself. The twist should be neat and well-defined. A tighter twist increases the durability of the carpet.

On with fall cleaning --

How's your fall cleaning coming? This week, turn some attention to your laundry area. Make sure it's neat. Throw away any old products that you know you won't use. Clean washer and dryer. Clean the floor. Sweep between and around washer/dryer. Take a week or so to make your laundry area shine.

You will spend a lot of time in your laundry area. Make it as pleasant as you possibly can. Some will find it easy, as they have large laundry rooms that have the possibility for organizing and decorating beautifully. Other may find that their washer and dryer are tucked away in a less than pretty area. Even if you can't think of many ways to make your laundry area a lovely and inspiring place, try hanging up one painting, cross-stitch, or other cheerful item just to have a pretty focal point.

Try out these links for some laundry room inspiration:

Real Simple

Personal Organizing

Home and Garden


Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

I painted my laundry room some of the cheeriest colors I could find, a yellow/orange on one wall and a light and airy green on the other three. On one shelf I put a pretty vase with some sweet artificial flowers. I also hung a quilt on one wall. Helps make laundry a pleasure.

Elizabeth said...

Your laundry room sounds beautiful.