Posted by Alyssa on December 30, 2017
If you’ve ever gotten overwhelmed at all the information that comes at you when it comes time to purchase a mattress, you’re not alone. For the answers to all the mattress questions you’ve ever had, keep reading! We’ve listed frequently asked questions about mattresses below.
Frequently Asked Mattress Questions
How long will my mattress last?
It’s recommended that you replace your mattress every 7 and 10 years. Rather than focusing on the years of your mattress, you should focus on how you feel while each morning when you wake up. If you’re tossing and turning, wake up feeling achy, or have a hard time falling asleep each night you may want to replace your mattress. Check out this guide to see whether or not it’s time for you to replace your mattress.
How do I clean my mattress?
Vacuuming is the best way to clean a mattress. If there is a stain or spot you want to remove, the best way to do so is with soap and cold water. Do not soak your mattress! Use as little water as possible if you are cleaning a spot and make sure you let your mattress completely dry and air out before you put sheets back on. Make sure you always use a mattress covering like a mattress pad that is washable to help extend the life of your mattress.
Do I need to flip my mattress?
Most mattresses that are made today are one sided mattresses that do not require flipping. You may want to rotate or spin your mattress to help it break in, but you should not have to flip the mattress.
What are the dimensions of standard mattresses?
For information on different mattress sizes, click here.
What is the best way to protect my mattress?
Putting a washable mattress covering, like a mattress pad, on as soon as you bring your new mattress home is the best way to keep your mattress clean and safe from spills or stains.
Is there an adjustment period for my mattress?
It varies from person to person, but it could take about a month before you feel completely comfortable with your new mattress. Your mattress needs to soften and conform to your body and your body needs to adjust to the new mattress.
If you have more questions, let us know!
Posted by Kerry on December 27, 2017
I have heard for a while that microfiber is a great fabric for sofas because of its mix of comfort, durability and the fact that it's easy to clean. I talked to Rick Spehar, who has worked for RC Willey in Salt Lake City since 1995 and he gave me the lowdown on cleaning microfiber.
Kerry: How do you clean a microfiber sofa?
Rick: First you want to find the manufacturer’s tag attached to the furniture (usually on the bottom of the sofa) indicating a cleaning code:
- “W” is for a water-based cleaning solution
- “S” is for a solvent-based solution
- “SW” is for either water or solvent based solutions
- “X” means vacuum only – no liquids
Most microfiber will be an “S” cleaning code. If one is not available a solvent based cleaning solution is the best guess.
Use rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. (Do not use a water-based solution. It will leave watermarks.) Spray the soiled area and use a cleaning cloth to gently rub or blot the stain. Naturally colored sponges or white bristle brush may be used for more stubborn stains. Brush or rub to lift the stain from the material.
Once dry it may be necessary to “fluff” the material which may become stiff after cleaning. Use a soft bristle brush or a fresh cleaning cloth to rub the cleaned area. The fiber softness should return.
Kerry: And what exactly is microfiber?
Rick: Microfiber is a synthetic fiber finer than one denier or decitex (thread), having a diameter of fewer than ten micrometers (code for small, soft, closely woven fabric). These fine fibers are affordable, soft to touch and create very comfortable furniture. Most microfiber furniture is made from polyester; however other materials such as nylon or polypropylene may be used. It is an extremely durable and cleanable fabric.
Posted by Alyssa on December 22, 2017
Spills, stains, and tracked in dirt seem to be the bane of carpet’s existence. Each time something spills or makes a mess you don’t have to panic or rush off to the store to buy an expensive carpet cleaner. Instead, gather together some ingredients you’ll be sure to have in your home, and make your own DIY carpet cleaner! Check out the recipe below.
DIY Carpet Cleaner
I found these instructions for a DIY carpet cleaner from PopSugar (you can see the original here) that is not only easy to make, but super effective! As with most cleaning solutions, you’ll want to do a spot check before you start on your bigger stains.
What You’ll Need:
- Small spray bottle
- 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Clean absorbent towel
- Clean sponge
- Gather the ingredients to make your carpet cleaner. Along with being an amazing concoction, vinegar and baking soda put on quite a show when mixed. Vinegar is an acid, and baking soda is a base, so when the two mix together, they create carbon dioxide, which results in lots and lots of cleaning bubbles. Add the dishwashing liquid to the spray bottle along with vinegar, and then top with the warm water. Working over a sink, with the top of the spray bottle close at hand, add the baking soda, and then quickly screw on the top of the spray bottle.
- Vacuum over the area and then wipe gently with the abrasive side of a sponge.
- Spray the soiled area generously with the carpet cleaner, and then gently rub and dab with the towel. You should start to see cleaning results right away.
- Continue dabbing and wiping with the towel to absorb the water and completely remove the stain.
Give it a try and let us know how it goes! If your carpet is past the point of saving, RC Willey has carpet options that everyone will love.
Posted by Alyssa on December 21, 2017
Nothing determines that course of your day more than how you slept the night before. If you struggle to get a good night's sleep, there might be a few small things you can change before you rush off to see a sleep specialist or take a sleeping pill to help you out. Grab your pillow, curl up into your blanket, and get ready to follow some of these sleep tips.
STICK TO A CONSISTENT SLEEP SCHEDULE. Make sure you go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday - even on weekends. Set an alarm not only for waking up, but also as a reminder of when to turn off your light and go to bed.
HAVE A RELAXING BEDTIME RITUAL. Doing the same things in the same order will key your body into knowing when it’s time to fall asleep. Avoid using screens during your wind down if at all possible.
EXERCISE DAILY. Whether you work out vigorously or even just take a walk around your neighborhood, getting your body tired is one of the first steps to helping you fall asleep quickly.
SLEEP ON A COMFORTABLE MATTRESS AND PILLOWS. Don’t waste your time sleeping on an old mattress. If it’s time for a new mattress, get one! Get the right kind of pillow for how you sleep. Stomach sleepers need a different pillow style than side sleepers, so make sure you’ve got the right pillow for you.
IF YOU CAN’T SLEEP GO INTO ANOTHER ROOM. Avoid keeping anything that brings you stress in your bedroom. Work materials especially should stay out of your room. Make your bedroom and your bed a peaceful place. If you are tossing and turning in bed, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired enough to go to sleep.
SLEEP WITH TWO DIFFERENT BLANKETS. If you share your bed with a partner, think about having a blanket for each of you rather than sharing. You'll avoid late night wake ups fighting over who gets more of the blanket.
Do you have any sleeping tips that have helped you sleep better? Share below!
Posted by Alyssa on December 19, 2017
The last thing you want to do is purchase a King Size bed only to realize your room is meant for a queen when you bring it home. Avoid this potential problem!f Before you get your heart set on a size of mattress your room can’t fit, check out this chart of mattress sizes below.
What size of mattress would you want?
Posted by Alyssa on December 18, 2017
There are so many different types of headphones that you may find yourself asking what kind of headphones you should actually buy and which one will work best for you and your lifestyle. It can be tempted to find the cheapest headphones available and simply buy those, but if they won’t work for what you need chances are you’ll end up buying a new set sooner than later. Save yourself the hassle and read up on different types of headphones here!
Different Types of Headphones
Over-ear headphones have ear cups that complete surround your ears. These cups, made from foam and covered in a variety of different materials, help to block out outside noises and are fairly comfortable to wear. Over-ear headphones are known for their great sound and provide a great listening experience. They are the heaviest and bulkiest headphone option, which makes them a poor choice if you are wanting to wear your headphones while exercising or commuting.
On-ear headphone have ear cups like over-ear, but they are smaller and designed to sit right on your ear. This means they don’t create the same kind of seal over-ear headphones offer, letting more ambient sound in. Because they put pressure directly on your ear they can be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Don’t let that dissuade you from purchasing a pair though! On-ear headphones are less expensive than over-ear headphones and weigh a lot less, which makes them easier to take with you while you commute.
These headphones have become increasingly popular. Extremely portable, lightweight, and convenient, in-ear headphones have removable tips that are specifically designed to isolate outside noise. Rather than sitting on the outside of your ear, the tips enter your ear canal for a snug fit that rests inside your ears. These are the perfect option for people who are wanting to listen to music while working out. On the downside, they can be irritating to your ears if you leave them in too long.
Rather than going into your ear canal like in-ear headphones, earbuds rest on your outer ear. The most popular type of earbuds are the Apple headphones that come with new iPhones or iPods. These are much less invasive than in-ear headphones and are just as portable,compact, and inexpensive. Really, it comes to personal preference whether you prefer earbuds or in-ear headphones.
Wireless headphones come in a variety of styles and connect to your device using BlueTooth rather than a cord. For the most part the sound quality of wireless headphones is just as good as wired headphones and this is what you need if you are constantly getting tangled up in cords. Wireless headphones are often more expensive than wired headphones and they require charging to keep them running. If you forget to charge the battery, you might lose your music at an inconvenient time. For information on how to connect your wireless headphones to BlueTooth click here.
More and more people are purchasing noise-cancelling headphones. These headphones are built with electronics inside that work to block out 70% of unwanted noise. We’ve explained how they do that here if you’re interested. Noise cancelling headphones are extremely useful for people who travel on planes frequently or commute using public transportation. External sounds are blocked out and you’ll be able to listen to music in peace.
Whatever type of headphone you choose to purchase, RC Willey is the place to find them. Check out all the headphone options here!
What kind do you want?
Posted by Alyssa on December 15, 2017
If you’re not sleeping well or wake up feeling a little achy, it is probably time to get a new mattress. A good night sleep not only helps you feel better, it helps you maintain a healthy weight, improve your memory, lower your stress, and help focus your attention. If your mattress isn’t doing its job, think of everything you’re missing out on! You might not be sure if it’s time to toss your old mattress and replace it with a new one, so I’ve listed some signs of when you need a new mattress below.
When to Get a New Mattress
Signs it is time for a new mattress:
- Your mattress is more than 8-10 years old
- You often end up sleeping on your couch rather than your bed
- In the mornings you feel more tired than when you went to bed
- Your body is achy or sore every morning when you wake up
- There are lumps or dips in your mattress
- You use extra pillows between your legs in order to get comfortable
- Your mattress is a hand me down
- You can feel the coils in your mattress
- You get a much better night sleep in other beds than your own
- Your arms or shoulders fall asleep in the night
- There are noises or creaks on your mattress when you move around
Do any of these signs sound a little familar? If they do and you aren't sleeping well, there's an easy solution! RC Willey has a mattress that will work for anyone. Check out the options online or come into the store to test one out for yourself!
Posted by Alyssa on December 12, 2017
A dishwasher is one of the most useful appliances to have in your kitchen. If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your current dishwasher and don’t know what to look for, this buying guide will help you decide on the perfect dishwasher for your family.
Dishwasher Buying Guide
BEFORE YOU BUY
Determine Your Needs
The type of dishwasher you purchase will depend on what your washing needs are. Think about what you will be washing and how often. Do you have lots of large pots and pans you like to run through the dishwasher? Do you wash small things like bottles or cups? Would you rather wash lots of little loads than a few large loads? The answers to these questions will determine what machine you should purchase.=
Measure Your Space
You will need to measure your space before choosing your new dishwasher. Standard dishwashers are about 24” wide while compact models are about 18” wide. Most dishwashers are designed to fit under the typical kitchen countertop, but you will want to measure the height of your space to be sure. You will also want to measure the depth you have available in order to avoid having your dishwasher jut out into your kitchen.
Some dishwashers can be very noisy while others have been specifically designed to be virtually silent. Think about how important the noise level is to you and be sure to look at how loud the machine will be while running. The decibel level will help you know about how load the machine will be. Decibel ratings of 45 or lower are basically silent, 45 - 50 decibels sound similar to rainfall, and anything higher than 50 decibels will be the noise level or normal conversation.
TYPES OF DISHWASHERS
These full sized dishwashers are generally 24” wide and are designed to fit under your kitchen countertop. Built-in dishwashers are flush with the cabinets in your kitchen and can have a panel installed on them to help them blend in even more to the existing cabinets.
If you have a small kitchen and limited space, a compact dishwasher may be what you’re looking for. These dishwashers are narrower than the full sized built-ins at only 18” wide.
If you do not have a designated space in your kitchen for a dishwasher or are planning on moving soon and want to take your dishwasher with you, a portable dishwasher is what you are looking for. These dishwashers have wheels that allow them to easily be moved. Because a portable dishwasher is not set up on its own water source, you will need to hook it up to a water source, such as a faucet, each time you use it.
If your dishwasher is older than 1994 you are wasting money, energy, and water each load you wash. ENERGY STAR rated dishwashers are 12% more efficient than other dishwashers and will help you save money while helping the environment.
Energy Saving Tips
- Use the “No Heat” drying cycle when washing your dishes. They will get just as dry without using the energy to raise the temperature.
- Make sure you run full loads of dishes. The same amount of energy is spent regardless of how many dishes are in the machine, so load it up before you turn it on.
- Rather than rinsing your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher, scrape them instead. You’ll save water doing this, and most dishwashers are built to wash away small food scraps.
Your dishwasher will come with a variety of washes and rinses that will help get your dishes clean no matter what you’re washing or the soil level. The names of the cycles may vary model to model.
Normal - The default cycle that will wash a full load of dishes with ordinary amount of food soil.
Express - Cleans lightly soiled or small loads quickly without using the energy a normal cycle would use.
Auto - Sensors will adjust the cycle depending on the size and soil level.
Heavy - Designed for large, oversized dishes or dishes with heavy soil level.
China - Low water pressure designed to protect fragile dishes.
Rinse Only or Rinse/Hold - Will spray off dishes to keep food from drying on plates if you are waiting to run the whole cycle.
Efficient - Uses less water and energy to wash the dishes. Usually is a longer cycle than other washing cycles.
There are many features available on dishwashers. Make sure you know which features are important to you before you make your purchase.
Adjustable Racks - Being able to rearrange and adjust the racks in your dishwasher will allow you to easily wash your entire load of dishes - including odd shaped pots and pans.
Third Rack - A small, extra rack in the dishwasher useful in washing serving utensils and other small objects.
Auto Clean - The sensors in your dishwasher will be able to adjust the rinse water to make sure the dishes are clean.
Automatic Temperature Control - Automatically balances the hot and cold water to the perfect temperature which helps the detergent dissolve.
Child Lock - Prevents kids from opening the dishwasher door and changing the settings mid cycle on your machine.
Delay Wash - Lets you set up your dishwasher to be turned on at a later time.
Sanitary Wash - Water will reach a higher temperature to make sure all bacteria is removed.
Posted by Alyssa on December 10, 2017
Have you looked at the LG STUDIO line available at RC Willey? A couple of weeks ago when Nate Berkus came to speak he not only gave some design tips, he also showed us the appliances he helped design with LG called LG STUDIO. It was interesting to hear how hands-on he was when it came to designing the aesthetics of these appliances, and knowing LG you can be sure the quality is great! I’ve picked out some of my favorite appliances from the line to show you below.
The new black stainless steel finish is my new favorite appliance finish. In certain lights the black stainless steel looks almost bronze. This finish is so sleek and classy it makes even this microwave look like something you’d want to display. The best part of the finishes in this line? They're smudge proof and extremely easy to clean.
The traditional stainless steel options are beautiful too. I love the straight lines all the appliances, like this double wall oven, have. They’re so clean and modern, but at the same time timeless. These appliances would look good in any kitchen.
This line has paid so much attention to detail, like the one bronze burner on this black stainless steel range. Unique touches like this make these appliances not only functional, but interesting and beautiful.
I had to show you what I left wanting most of all - this InstaView French Door Refrigerator. Not only does it have my favorite black stainless steel finish and the straight lines I love, if you knock twice on the window it lets you see inside the fridge without opening the door to see if there is anything you need to add to your grocery list. It also has a Door-in-Door feature that lets you open only a portion of the door to get a quick snack.
Check out all the LG STUDIO line options at RC Willey and let us know which appliance you would love to have!
Posted by Andie on December 8, 2017
Some people are easier to shop for than others. Picking up legos for my five year old son, and a doll for my three year old daughter are no-brainers, but what on earth do I give their teachers at school for Christmas that I barely know?? I'm new to this game! If you want your children's teachers/coaches/tutors to feel appreciated and valued this season, but aren't sure what gift will appropriately convey those sentiments, look no further! Here's a round-up of cute Christmas gifts for all the influential people in your children's lives. Click on the links to find the original sources- most of them include free printables!
Who doesn't love a cute succulent? Even I can't kill those things, and that's saying something!
Whether you are a huge baker or not, every human needs a good oven mitt!
Very cute, simple, and useful! We all need good chapstick!
You might not know their drink of choice, but a Starbucks gift card is always a good idea!
For the teacher with a sweet tooth.....
A lot of teacher gifts are cute and all, but this one is awesome because it's SO useful!
The personalized Coco Cola's are definitely my favorite part of this one. And, that blanket of course!
Love the soap idea- this would be cute with lotion too!
Love the nail polish idea, or a gift certificate to a local nail salon for a pedicure would be fun too (for both male & femail teachers!).
There you have it! What other great ideas do you have for teacher gifts?