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RENA NERBAS

To fluff up carpet that has been pressed down by the legs of sofas and chairs, fill the hole with ice cubes. When the water dries the carpet will spring back up.

Easter egg dye stain remover: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Dab with a white cloth. Repeat. If the stain remains pre-test the following solution on a discreet area of the chair. Mix 1 tablespoon ammonia with 1 cup water. Dab onto fabric. Rinse. Let dry.

Apply adhesive tape to the bottom of rocking chair’s rockers to prevent the floor from becoming scratched.

To pack chairs for moving: Remove legs (if possible). Place wing nuts or screws in a resealable plastic bag, label and tape bag to the underside of the furniture. Tuck chair cushions and pillows inside plastic bags and use them as pads or fillers in the trailer. Leave slipcovers on. Wrap arms of chairs with bubble wrap. Pad all furniture with blankets or bubble wrap. Secure padding to the furniture with tape and rope. Cover with a plastic chair cover or large sheet of plastic.

There are four arm styles to consider when buying a couch:

a) Simple curved arm: (sometimes referred to as Charles of London) works well in contemporary or traditional homes.

b) Roll arm: Pleated and corded on the front panel for a traditional feeling.

c) Straight square arm: Perfect for a simple and sleek modern look. d) No arm: Makes positioning easier but may not be as comfortable for everyday use.

Put two layers of cloth on each seat when reupholstering; if one gets soiled you can pull it up. Staple each piece onto the chair separately and add a thin layer of foam between the fabrics.

When choosing fabrics for reupholstering, keep in mind that solids are easier to accessorize and you probably will not tire of them as easily. However, patterns show less marks and stains. Consider purchasing leather; it will last four times longer than fabric and the more it is worn the better it looks.

Tip: Freshen up metal or wooden chair frames by lightly sanding and painting them (use rustproof paint on metal). It is not recommended to paint fabric, even if you see decorators on TV painting cushions and couches.

Dress up folding chairs and tables by making or buying slipcovers and a matching tablecloth.

After washing, place slipcovers onto chairs when they are slightly damp. They will conform to the chair and fit better.

To prevent chairs from scratching the floor, put self-stick bunion pads on the bottoms of the legs.

Nowadays, potty training chairs are best if they are multifunctional. Modern seats convert to fit an adult toilet seat or can be flipped over and become a stepstool.

Ergonomics experts suggest that consumers should ask themselves a series of questions before purchasing an office chair:

a) Is the seat surface of the chair an appropriate size for the user? b) Can the height and mid lumbar support be adjusted?

c) Is the front seat slope adjustable?

d) Is the chair comfortable and is the front well rounded so that the user does not experience excess pressure on the underside of his/ her leg?

Office chairs are often loaded with levers and buttons that never get used. Put your chair to the test. The average person should be able to figure out all the buttons on the chair within one minute.

Tip: Virtually all chairs are called ergonomic these days. Test them for a few hours before purchasing because most chairs feel comfortable during the first moments.

For even wear, flip removable cushions on chairs and couches every time you vacuum.

Whether indoors or out, milk crates can be an inexpensive solution when you need extra end tables, chairs or an ottoman. Add class to the plastic furniture by getting a piece of wood and setting it on top of the upside-down crate. Next, loosely drape or staple gun an old (cut to fit) tablecloth over top.

Option: If the crates are being used as chairs, position a one-or two-inch piece of foam to the top of the wood for added comfort.

Reena Nerbas is the author of the national bestsellers, Household Solutions 1 with Substitutions, Household Solutions 2 with Kitchen Secrets and Household Solutions 3 with Green Alternatives available online and in stores across Canada. She graduated as a home economist from the University of Manitoba and speaks professionally on the subject of fixing life’s messes by using products behind everyone’s cupboard doors. As well as being a columnist, Reena can be heard on radio and TV programs across Canada and the U. S.

I enjoy your questions and tips, keep them coming!

Check out my website: www.householdsolutions.org.

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