Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween, Stay Safe, and Candy Cleaning tips...

I just wanted to wish you a very safe and Happy Halloween, and let you knowthat I appreciate you as a customer, friend, and reader of this newsletter.  I wanted to throw in a quick tip from my friends at Jon Don since there will be a lot of candy floating around this week, on how to get candy out of carpet.  (Yep - that is me)  Are you dressing up this year?

Here is the cleaning tip:

The Substance: Candy

The Situation
As your customer shows you around the house for the pre-inspection, she points to some chunks of hard candy (possibly a candy cane that was ground into the carpet), that are stuck in the carpet in her son’s room. She asks if you’ll be able to remove the bits without having to cut them out of the carpet…

The Diagnosis
Hard candies can get stuck in the carpet and leave behind a sticky residue that attracts dirt and soil. Tell your customer not to worry, and that you know just what to do to remove the spot.

Don’t forget to hand her a pair of booties before you leave – and a few pairs for the kids too!

Solution Option 1:

  • Step 1: Vacuum the area thoroughly 
  • Step 2: Apply Matrix Spot Out undiluted. Agitate with a bone spatula and blot with a spotting towel
  • Step 3: Apply Matrix Release undiluted. Agitate with a bone spatula and blot with a spotting towel.
  • Step 4: Rinse the area with water and repeat steps 2 and 3 if needed.
  • Step 5: Apply Matrix Target Tannin Stain Remover undiluted. Agitate with a bone spatula and blot with a spotting towel.
  • Step 6: Use extractor to rinse area with water 

Warning: Always test materials for colorfastness, follow label directions, and never mix products unless specified in the label directions. Each situation reacts differently and results may vary. 

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Here is to keeping your carpets candy free this year :)

Sincerely Yours,
           Matt "Stay Safe Tonight" Capell
           President of Capell Flooring and Interiors

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Why do people wear costumes on Halloween? Capell Flooring and Interiors

It's almost time for the ghosts, goblins, and a multitude of other uniquely costumed individuals to flow from their homes into schools, businesses, and parties. The smaller ones may be knocking on your door in a few days.
Costume ideas are limited only by the boundaries of the imagination and inspiration can be found everywhere! Yet, why do people dress up for Halloween?
In the first ten years of B.C., October 31st was the last day of the Celtic calendar and the day of their Samhain festival ("summer's end"). That was an annual festival celebrating the end of the harvest season and winter's start on November 1st.
It was also a time to honor the dead. The Celtics believed souls were freed to roam the earth at the end of their calendar year. To protect themselves from spirits with bad intentions, they wore masks and disguises during the Samhain festival. In fact, some believed if they looked dead the spirits would consider them one of the ghostly and leave them alone.
Over time, as Romans took over the lands, the Roman holiday of Feralia - when they remembered and commemorated their dead - melded with the Celtic Samhain festival.
Many customs and traditions of Halloween arrived in North America with immigrants in the 1800's and since then the holiday has evolved to include some new traditions like pumpkin carving.
Today Halloween is more about having fun than honoring past lives. From young to old, people dress up in whimsical, scary, and iconic costumes and gather with friends to celebrate.
           Matt "Gettin' Ready for Halloween" Capell
           President of Capell Flooring and Interiors
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

What does an act of kindness do for you? Capell Flooring and Interiors

Did you ever see the movie, Pay It Forward, that got released to theaters on
October 20, 2000? It was based on a novel written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. In that story, a small town classroom assignment takes on a life of its own and spirals positively through people’s lives until it reaches a city reporter states away.
The movie is an example of what can happen when we think outside the box and outside ourselves. It also shows the affect on a person when they take steps to make someone else’s life better. In fact, there are some positive side effects worth noting.
The Beneficial Warm Rush
If you have deliberately done something good for someone else, you may know that warm feeling that sweeps over you. With it flows oxytocin, a positive heart hormone that helps reduce blood pressure. It also helps reduce inflammation and aging organisms in the body.
The Community Impact
Doing good for other people, especially a stranger, brings people closer together. Not only are we drawn to the kind hearted, receiving an act of kindness causes many to want to reciprocate or pay it forward. It’s contagious! The unexpected result is feeling a stronger connection with those around us.
Getting Outside Ourselves
Acts of kindness - holding a door, buying a stranger a coffee or ice cream cone, donating to charity, raking a neighbor's leaves - improve our moods, can reduce our stress, and the more we do for others, the happier we can feel. In fact, doing good for others can cause stressing circumstances to be less worrying.
The fourth Saturday of October is National Make a Difference Day. Small or large, let’s do something to improve the life of another.  Thanks for reading Matt I appreciate it.  Happy Saturday!
Sincerely Yours,
       Matt "Let's help each other out" Capell
       President of Capell Flooring and Interiors
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

3 Keys to Meal Satisfaction When Life Is Busy - Capell Flooring and Interiors - Meridian, Idaho Flooring Store

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Life is in full momentum now with school, work, clubs, sports, and other social
 activities. This means our days and many evenings get packed. With all that is happening, how are your mealtimes going?
Drive-thru restaurants and pre-packaged meals are certainly convenient, but they come with negative impacts, including the drain on our pocket book. Here are three ways to curb the expense and save time:
A little planning goes a long way.
Taking a bit of extra time to plan on one day can save a lot of time over the coming days. There are different ways people plan out their meals. Some start with theme days - Mexican Monday, Fishy Friday, Leftover Saturday, and Casserole Sunday – to narrow down meal choices. Others decide meals based on sales and coupons. The main thing here is planning out meals early for the entire week or month.
Prepare ahead of time.
In many households, Sunday afternoon is dedicated to lunch and dinner prep for the week. This includes cleaning and chopping vegetables, portioning out food items into containers in the fridge, and precooking early stages of the meal preparations so that everything can quickly and easily come together at mealtime.
Part of planning and preparation may include making extra for dinner so that leftovers become lunch or dinner later in the week. This is especially beneficial on nights when the time between work and extra-curricular activities is more limited.
Cook in one pot.
This method is great when done in a crockpot, because when you use a slow cooker the meal cooks while you’re at work or handling other time pressing activities. Simply add all the contents in the morning and when you come back at the end of the day, dinner is ready. There’s an array of sizes, features, and options for crockpots. So hopefully this article will help you narrow that down.  Here is another good article about "How to buy a crockpot?" 
When life gets busy, choosing convenience over home cooked can be easier. I don’t know about you, but I prefer a home cooked meal. These tips can help turn home cooked meals into a convenience.
Your Flooring Consultant For Life,
       Matt Capell
       President of Capell Flooring and Interiors

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Are you looking for storage space? Capell Flooring and Interiors

If you are like many, you enjoy the spacious, decluttered feel of your home. Have you ever wondered how to keep things organized without adding more furniture or an entire extension?
Talented minds have created smart ways to add extra storage without affecting the overall feel and style of a home.
Do you have stairs?
Lower staircase steps have unused space beneath them. Even if there is a stairwell to the basement below the main floor staircase, the space under the first few steps is not utilized. Some have turned those risers into drawers or cubbies with a hinged lid for added storage.
If your stairs have nothing beneath them but a floor, space in between can be converted into a cupboard. Some have created rolling shelf panels that pull out from under stairs to store items like shoes and the vacuum cleaner. Others have built hinged bookcase doors with storage behind them. Yet others have built in a desk nook, reading nook, even a spot for a washer and dryer.
Have you found the hidden kitchen space?
Like other rooms in your home, there is more space in the kitchen than meets the eye. Baking pans can go in baseboard level drawers that roll out from under the cabinets. A rolling shelf of spices can tuck away between the fridge and wall.
Hooks and thin storage containers can get hung on the back of cupboard doors to take advantage of unneeded air space inside the cabinets. These are ideal for utensils, boxes of food wrap, container lids, and more. A shallow drawer can also fit between the sink and front of the cabinets to hold scrub brushes and other small objects.
What’s available in the rest of the house?
Storage can get added in many other places of the home from space beneath the bed to installing medicine-type cabinets behind wall hangings or inserting shelves within the walls.
One of the best places to see clever space-saving storage ideas is Pinterest, but be careful. It’s easy to get lost on there.
Your Flooring Consultant For Life,
          Matt Capell
          President of Capell Flooring and Interiors
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