|Scrubbable Paints, Bullet-Proof Fabrics, Cleanable Flooring and More|
|Of course, the rest of your house is getting an overhaul this month as well. Here are my top picks for the most cleanable home decor items:
- Paint: The most washable paint finish is a high gloss or semi-gloss finish, but we tend to not like the look of a shiny wall surface since it shows all imperfections. If you want to achieve that nice, high end, chalky look on your walls, Benjamin Moore's Regal Matte finish is my top choice.
- Fabrics: Leather, Cotton, Wool, Polyester, Poly Vinyl Chloride - all of these are great choices for medium to heavy use fabrics. They stand up to a beating and can be easily cleaned. Check out the new fabric from Kravet called Sta-Kleen. Simply rub out most stains and marks with a dry cloth, or at most, with an ordinary household rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth. Sta-Kleen is the first faux leather with a hand and tactile feel closest to real leather.
- Flooring: Sorry, you're going to have to use a bit of elbow grease on this category - they haven't perfected a self-cleaning flooring option yet. However, you can minimize the amount of cleaning you do by choosing a wool carpet. Wool is:
- Highly resilient (will outlast any nylon carpet)
- Resistant against bacterial growth
- Dust mite-resistant due to the high lanolin content
- Check out these maintenance tips from one of my favorite wool suppliers.
- Case Goods: Have you ever found your daughter doing caligraphy with permanent ink on your kitchen table and panicked as the ink ran through the newspaper and set into the wood, then took a cotton ball dunked in nail polish remover to remove the ink but destroyed the finish in the process - oh, no of course you haven't, silly me, that was myself I was thinking about! Well, if I would have had a table top with a Catalyzed Finish, that ink may have never set in the first place. Both catalyzed table tops and chairs are becoming the norm in high end dining furniture. A table and 6 chair combo will typically not run more than $6000 and your furniture will last a lot longer.
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