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Maintenance Tips: Carpet – Part 1

You can add years to the life of your carpet with regular care. Carpet wears out because of foot traffic and dirt particles that get trampled deep into the pile beyond the suction of the vacuum. The dirt particles wear down the fibers like sandpaper and dull the carpet. The most important thing you can do to protect your carpet is to vacuum it frequently.

Vacuum twice each week lightly and once a week thoroughly. Heavy traffic areas may require more frequent cleaning. A light vacuuming is three passes; a thorough job may need seven passes. A vacuum cleaner with a beater-bar agitates the pie and is more effective in bringing dirt to the surface for easy removal.

Vacuuming high-traffic areas daily helps keep them clean and maintains the upright position of the nape. Wipe spills and clean stains immediately. For best results, blot, or dab any spill or stain; avoid rubbing. Test stain removers on an out-of-the-way area of the carpet, such as in a closet, to check for any undesirable effects. Have your carpet professionally cleaned regularly, usually once a year.

The following are some problem conditions that can occur with new carpets and possible solutions.

  • Burns – Take care of any kind of burn immediately. First snip off the darkened fibers, then use a soap less cleaner and sponge with water. If the burn is extensive, talk with a professional about replacing the damaged area.
  • Crushing- Furniture and traffic may crush a carpet’s pile fibers. Frequent vacuuming in high- traffic areas and glides or cups under heavy pieces of furniture can help prevent his. Rotating your furniture to change the traffic pattern in a room promotes more even wear. Some carpets resist matting and crushing because of their level of fiber, but this does not imply or guarantee that no matting or crushing will occur. Heavy traffic areas such as halls and stairways are more susceptible to wear and crushing. This is considered normal wear.
  • Fading- Science has yet to develop a color what will not fade with time. All carpets will slowly lose some color due to natural and artificial forces in the environment. You can delay this process by frequently removing soil with vacuuming, regularly changing air filters in heating and air conditioning systems, keeping humidity and room temperature from getting too high, and reducing sunlight exposure with window coverings.
  • Filtration- If interior doors are kept closed while the air conditioning is operating, air circulation from the closed room flows through the small space a the bottom of the door. This forces the air over the carpet fibers, which in turn act as a filter, catching particulate pollution. Over time, a noticeable stain develops at the threshold
  • Fuzzing- In loop carpets, fibers may break. Simply clip the excess fibers. If It continues, call a professional.
  • Pilling – Pilling or small balls of fiber can appear on your carpet, depending on the type of carpet fiber and the type of traffic. If this occurs, clip off the pills. If they cover a large area, seek professional advice.

Please read next week’s post about more problems and solutions for a homeowner’s carpet.



Maintenance Tips: Fireplaces

Most of us feel a fireplace is an excellent way to create a warm, cozy atmosphere. However, without sufficient information, your use of the fireplace can result in heat (and dollars) being wasted. To help prevent that, consider the following points.

SunRiver St. George offers direct- vent gas fireplaces. If you ordered or own this type of fireplace, please read and follow all manufacturer’s directions or have someone demonstrate how to use it properly.

A slight delay between turning on the switch on and flame ignition is normal. The flames should ignite gently and silently. If you notice any deviation from this and any gas smell, immediately shut off the switch and report it to the gas company. Excessive winds can cause a downdraft, which can blow out the pilot, requiring you to relight it before using the fireplace.

Fireplaces are not intended to be the sole heat source in the home.

Be sure to be on the lookout for these common maintenance problems: chimney separation in excess of 1/2 inch in 10 feet, cracks that exceed 1/8 inch in width and anything that affects the structural integrity of the home, continuous downdraft, damage to glass doors, and water infiltration.


Maintenance Tips: Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is one of the easiest floor coverings to maintain. Simply, vacuum when needed.

Occasionally, a wet mopping with warm water may be appropriate. Avoid adding detergent to the water. If you feel a cleaning agent is required, use a mild solution of warm water and dishwasher crystals (this will not result in a heavy, difficult -to-remove lather on the grout). Rinse thoroughly.  The ceramic tile installed on walls or countertops in your home may be washed with any nonabrasive soap, detergent, or tile cleaner. Abrasive cleaners will dull the finish.

When there is grout discoloration such as yellowed or stained, clean grout with a fiber brush, cleanser, and water. Grout cleansers and whiteners are available at most hardware stores. Once grout has been sealed, on going maintenance of that seal is necessary.

Expect slight separations to occur in the grout between tiles. This grout is for decorative purposes only; it does not hold the tile in place. Cracks in the grout can be filled using premixed grout purchased from flooring or hardware stores. Follow package directions. Tile around bathtubs or countertops may appear to be pulling up after a time. This is caused by normal shrinkage of grout or caulk and shrinkage of wood members as they dry out. If this occurs, the best remedy is to purchase tub caulk or premixed grout from a hardware store. Follow directions on the container. This maintenance is important to protect the underlying surface from water damage. If you continually  maintain your ceramic tile, it will look great for many years.


Mini Storage Units at Adventure Storage!

Do you need a place that is close to home to store your extra belongings?

Adventure storage has just what you have been looking for. The facility is located right next to the ManCaves and units are filling quickly so don’t miss the chance to get yours.

Most unit sizes are completely full but we do have 10×10 spaces available for $72 a month. This is about the size of a small bedroom and would give you plenty of space to put all those extra items you don’t need on a regular basis. Please call 673-4300 or, 619-6564 if you have questions or stop in the main office to rent your unit today!


Maintenance Tips: Ventilation

Homes today are built more tightly than ever. This saves energy dollars, but creates a potential concern. Condensation, cooking odors, indoor pollutants, radon, and carbon monoxide may all accumulate. Your attention to ventilation is important to health and safety.

Building codes require attic and crawl space vents to minimize accumulation of moisture. Attic ventilation occurs through vents in the soffit (the underside of the overhangs) or on gable ends. Driving rain or snow sometimes enters the attic through these vents. Do not cover them to prevent this. Instead, cover the insulation in front of the vent. When you do this, precipitation that blows in safely evaporates and ventilation can still occur.

Your daily habits can also help keep your home well ventilated. Some of these are:

  • Do not cover or interfere in any way with the fresh air supply to your furnace.
  • Develop the habit of running the hood fan when you are cooking.
  • Run the bath fans when bathrooms are in use.
  • Air your house by opening windows for a time when weather permits.

Proper ventilation will prevent excessive moisture from forming on the inside of the windows. This helps reduce cleaning considerably and keeps your home in great shape!


1940’s Swing Dance Night

This Saturday, November 7th at 4:00 is the next SunRiver event. A swing dancing night, hosted at The Western Sky Warbird Museum, 4196 S Airport Parkway. There will be dance lessons, performances, and light refreshments. Dance butterflies will be floating about, so no problem if you don’t have a dance partner. We will provide one! Wear your best 1940s apparel and bring a light sweater. And please no alcohol due to airport restrictions.


Maintenance Tips: Gutters and Downspouts

There are many ways to keep your gutters and downspouts in good condition and ready for all types of weather. Check gutters periodically and remove leaves or other debris. Materials that accumulate in gutters can slow water drainage from the roof, cause overflows, and clog the downspouts.

  • Extensions – Extensions should discharge outside of rock or bark beds so that water is not dammed behind the edging materials that might be used.
  • Ladders – Use caution when leaning ladders against gutters, as this may cause dents.
  • Leaks – If a joint between sections of gutter drips, caulk the inside joint using a commercial gutter caulking compound available at hardware stores.
  • Paint – Gutters and downspouts are painted with a baked on enamel. This should allow for many years of service without painting.
  • Snow and Ice – Clear excess snow from downspouts as soon as possible to allow the gutter to drain and to prevent damage. Severe ice or snow build-up can damage gutters.
  • Over-flow– Gutters may overflow during periods of excessively heavy rain. This is expected and requires no repair.
  • Standing Water– Small amounts of water (up to one inch) will stand for short periods of time in gutters immediately after rain. No correction is required for these conditions.

Maintenance Tips: How to Easily Make Custom Window Shades

Adding a little style and color to a room is easy when you make your own custom window shades. You can personalize any window by choosing a  fabric you love or one that perfectly offsets any color in the room.  Following the steps below is easy and not too time consuming. With just a few items from two different stores, you’ll have the perfect shade for  any window.

First, measure the window you want to cover. Then, you’ll need to head  to a home improvement store to purchase a roller shade. These are  generally white shades that can be rolled up and down depending on how  much shade you want. Find the correct size in a basic model, which  should be anywhere from $8 – $25. Although you can find them more  expensive, there’s no reason to get one of higher quality fabric since  you’re going to be covering it up.

Then, head to the fabric or craft store to choose the perfect fabric and a bottle of fabric glue. Get the fabric long enough to completely cover the shade. Next, you’ll want to lay the fabric out on a flat surface,  like a clean floor. Lay the rolled out shade over the fabric and cut  around it leaving 2-3” along each side. Then, take your fabric glue and  begin gluing the fabric to the shade, making sure the right side is  facing outward.

Since different glues take different amounts of time to dry, make sure  to read the instructions on the bottle you used. Typically, you’ll want  to wait 24 hours. Once it’s completely dried, install your own  personalized window shade and sit back to enjoy your handiwork!

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Free Dracula Tickets for SunRiver Residents

Dixie State University is pleased to announce the next performance in our Celebrity Concert Series season. To get us ready for Halloween, Bay Pointe Ballet will be performing, “Dracula” in the Cox Performing Arts Center on October 20th and 21st.

Based on the novel by Bram Stoker and brought to life by Bruce Steivel’s innovative choreography, this haunting tale of Dracula’s eternal search for the woman he loves will have you on the edge of your seat. Dracula, whose lonely soul is determined to reunite with his lost love, begins a reign of terror and seduction. Ballet has the ability to convey this terror and seduction in a unique and powerful way. Beautiful and elaborate sets and costumes will accentuate the production. Speaking of costumes … yes, costumes are allowed and encouraged at all Dracula performances!

Several dedicated members of the California arts community conceived Bay Pointe Ballet in 2013. Its purpose is to promote family oriented entertainment to the public along with a high level of training in the school. The 32 professional dancers are primarily from the Bay Area and the faculty consists of dancers from the company along with other members of the dance community holding a degree in dance. Artistic Director Bruce Steivel is an internationally recognized choreographer and teacher. Previously, Mr. Steivel served as the Artistic Director of Bern Stadt Theatre in Switzerland, the Hong Kong Ballet, the Universal Ballet of Korea and Nevada Ballet Theatre, where he served as artistic director for over a decade.

Please visit for information on all the performers that will be a part of our CCS season. Individual concert tickets are available at the Dixie State Box Office, or by calling 435-652-7800.   Season passes are also available through the end October.

FREE TICKETS FOR SUNRIVER RESIDENTS for Wednesday’s performance are available courtesy of the developer. Click here to print voucher.




Live Music and Dancing this Friday Night!

We’re excited to announce another band coming to the putting course this weekend. Join us this Friday, October 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm for live music from local band, “Soul What?” Bring your own seating whether that’s chairs or a golf cart. See you there!