Balance Between House and Home

8 Apr

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Planete Deco

We know that you love good home fashion as much as we do. Like us, you might think of your home in the same way you think of your closet: an extension of your personality, a blank canvas you can play on to express creativity and have some fun! We also know, however, that keeping our homes clean can be a bit more challenging with a few kids and pets thrown into the mix!

That velvet sofa and wool shag rug can seem a little less appealing when decorated with spilled snacks and dirty paws.

Finding the delicate balance between having a house you love to look at and a home you are happy to let your kids run around in isn’t always the easiest. As professional cleaners our goal is to help you live life a little less afraid of mess. So, today we have listed some of our favourite kid or pet friendly decorating tips found over on HGTV.com to help you find your balance!

Think about how you really live:

It’s all about balance, right? So, having a room that looks incredible but no one is allowed to step foot in seems a bit, well, imbalanced. On the other hand, you don’t really want a room that is ready to be destroyed at any minute. Consider who lives in your home and decorate with them in mind.

Don’t wait till they’re older:

Some people have the mindset that waiting until the kids are grown to invest in pieces of furniture they actually like is the way to go. We totally disagree! Investing in beautiful pieces of furniture and décor can benefit everyone. Children growing up around things of value learn to appreciate them, while Mom and Dad get to feel good about how they’re spending their money.

Be bold with colour, texture or pattern:

These three things may become your best friends with kids and/or pets in the house! They will all help camouflage that inevitable spill that is coming, no matter how hard we all try to stop it.

Choose something a little indestructible (or as close as you can get):

Picking fabrics that will last is possibly the most important thing you can do, when life-proofing your home. Heavy fabric, true leathers, and anything stain-resistant is the way to go for furniture. You can even consider having your favourite fabric laminated for the kitchen to make it wipe-able.  Rugs are a great floor-saver! You might think, “But what if the kids spill on it/wear it down/get it dirty?” Rugs actually soften and protect floors from kids – not to mention, they make the floor a softer spot to land when kids go flying! Once they get a bit grungy, you can always send them off to your friendly neighbourhood dry cleaner (hint, hint) to have them freshened up again!

For more tips, visit HGTV or Apartment Therapy for more ideas on where to go looking for that kid-friendly furniture.

First Lady Fashion Stock Market Effect

3 Apr

When Bluegala dropped this infographic about Michelle Obama’s style icon status into our inbox, we knew that we had to share it. Because when you’re around clothing as much as we are, as dry cleaners in Toronto, you tend to appreciate when someone is able to look both professional and stylish. The part of the infographic that we didn’t realize was the financial effect Michelle Obama has had on the fashion industry. After the first lady appeared on the Tonight Show wearing J. Crew, their stock rose by 25% in the following week!

That’s just one of the fascinating stats Bluegala included. Check it out for yourself!

Courtesy of: Bluegala

 

Spring Cleaning at Parkers

30 Mar

Fresh air, fresh start — that’s what spring is all about, a new beginning. I’m sure you’ve been eagerly awaiting the start of real spring weather so you can start doing what you’ve been planning all winter. We’re no different. We’ve spent the winter planning out some new ideas with some new partners to provide even more value to our great customers (hint: that’s you).

To that end, today we’re announcing our partnership with GATA, a Toronto based company that offers concierge services through their smartphone app (iOS and Android). Parkers Pick up and Delivery service is now available on the GATA network, where you’ll be able to enjoy the same great pick up and delivery service from Parkers and conveniently pay through the GATA secure smartphone app. GATA will be expanding its services over the next few months and we’re excited to see what’s on the horizon.

Get the app on Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and get $20 off your first order!

 

Why did we do this?

Looking at our website traffic, a lot of you visit the site on your smartphones — of course you do! Our mobile site helps to make online pick up and delivery scheduling easier, but we were missing the convenience of direct payment features. We won’t bore you too much with data, but mobile use on our own site has grown 22% year over year. We felt compelled to make things a wee bit easier for you. This is why we’re so excited about GATA. Not only will you get the same great service from Parkers, you’ll also get the convenience of direct payment through the app and access to your order history, all in one place.

Remember to get the app through the App Store or Google Play and create an account. You’ll get $20 off on your first order! If you like the app, let us know! If you have feedback, we’d love to hear that too.

If you have any questions about how to get started, drop us a line – we’d be happy to help.

Learn more about GATA by visiting gatalabs.com

 

Spring Cleaning Service Feature: Rug cleaning

19 Mar

Sitting down to write this week’s highlight, there was only one thing on my mind: how dirty my floors were. I tried to ignore them, I really did, but it was no use. So, I got up from the computer and got to work cleaning, only to find that what I assumed would be an easy, five-minute job took me nearly an hour!

In our home, like many others these days, we have a combination of laminate, tiles and rugs underneath our feet. The laminate and the tiles? No problem! A quick sweep and a mop and they look as good as new. The rugs, however? Those are a different story. Somehow, no matter how much they get vacuumed, and regardless of which attachment I use (does anybody else just try all of them until something works?), there is still always something stubbornly left in the pile that I just can’t get.

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Even with the recommended vacuuming twice a week, a couple times each year, your rugs likely need something a bit more thorough to get them truly clean and ready for spring. In the old days, people used to take their rugs outside and beat them to get all the dirt out; however, if you’re living in an condo in the middle of the city,  this is a bit of a difficult technique to pull off these days!

Thank goodness there is someone you can call to come and clean your rugs for you! Have you heard about the partnership Parkers has with Yorkville Carpet Care? Not only do we offer you pick-up and delivery for those awfully heavy area rugs you don’t particularly want to pack into your car – or worse yet, onto the subway – but now with Yorkville, we can come and take care of your flooring right then and there! With over 15 years in the carpet care business, Yorkville is well known for its superior service and eco-friendly solutions.

We don’t stop at floors, either. Rugs, drapery, blinds and carpets are all covered within these special home services. So, if you’re anything like I was today and just can’t stop thinking about how dirty your home can get over a few (ok, quite a few) wintery months, give us a call. We’ll set up a time to come to you, bringing the best and most convenient in-home care services!

Inspired by: Spring Break

12 Mar

You know you’re from Toronto when a promise of warmer weather coming means it will be just a little above freezing. Don’t get us wrong! We are very grateful for every degree the temperature goes up; we are just looking forward to the day we get to shed our jacket for good. Mother Nature seems to be a little fickle for now, so we have decided to make our own head start on things and are inviting you to take a little getaway with us – even if only for a few minutes!

It might not be exactly what Albert Camus meant when he said, “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer,” but in lieu of a real vacation this week, we are taking a bit of an imaginative one. Inspired by spring break, we are letting our minds relax and dream of warm, sandy beaches, exotic locales and beautiful, breezy vacation wear! We have rounded up some of our very favourite warm weather looks, from leisurely to totally luxe, and are certain you’ll find a little breath of fresh air in there somewhere.

Come over, sit down for a few minutes, take a deep breath and let the inspiration warm you right up:

Lace and Locks

Sincerely Jules

Columbine Smille

 

Karla’s Closet

Sincerely Jules

 

Chronicles of Him & Her

 

The Scout Guide

 

Danny Rose Fashion

Ahhhh…don’t you feel a little warmer already?

Or, maybe you are one of the lucky ones who got to make a true getaway this winter, jetting off somewhere truly warm. If so, well done, you! Of course you know that if your vacation wear came home looking a little more tired than relaxed, we offer specialty garment cleaning and can even come pick it up for you – meaning you can avoid the cold for a little while longer!